Description: Multiplicity distributions of the hadrons produced in antineutrino proton interactions are presented. The data sample, which consists of 2025 charged-current events with antineutrino energy greater than 5 GeV, comes from exposures of the 15-foot hydrogen bubble chamber to the broad-band antineutrino beam at Fermilab. The distribution in hadronic mass W has an average value of 3.7 GeV but extends up to 10 GeV. The mean multiplicity of charged hadrons depends on the hadronic mass W and varies as <n/sub ch/> = (-0.44 +- 0.13) + (1.48 +- 0.06) 1n W/sup 2/ for W/sup 2/ > 4 GeV/sup 2/. The mean multiplicities for events with three or more charged tracks averaged over the total data sample are <n/sub -/> = 1.68 +-0.03 and <n/sub 0/> = 1.11 +- 0.07 for ..pi../sup -/ and ..pi../sup 0/ production, respectively. The mean ..pi../sup 0/ multiplicity is found to increase slowly with n/sub -/. The integrated correlation coefficient f/sub 2//sup - -/ and the dispersion D/sup -/ are given as a function of n/sub -/. When compared to the distributions characteristic of other leptonic and hadronic reactions, a similarity is found between the anti ..nu..- data and results from hadronic reactions that have no diffractive component. Multiplicity data for the heavier particles K/sup 0/, rho and ..lambda.. are also summarized. The pion multiplicities in the current fragmentation region exceed those for the target fragmentation at all W values. They also satisfy the isospin relation 2<n/sub 0/> = <n/sub +/> + <n/sub -/> required for the fragmentation of an I = 1/2 quark when a W > 4 GeV selection is imposed.
Date: January 1, 1981
Creator: Derrick, M.; Gregory, P. & LoPinto, F.
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