We have measured a complete isotope distribution of projectile-like nuclear-charge pickup products, formed by bombarding a target with 790A MeV ions. The shape of the cross-section distribution indicates a dominant influence of evaporation processes during the formation of the final cesium fragments observed, thus masking to a large extent the primary processes involved in the charge exchange. We can show, however, that an intranuclear-cascade-plus-evaporation calculation can reproduce the observed yields, and that the effect of Δ-formation during the first stage of the reaction is visible even in the inclusive cross sections. The same model can explain the strong increase in total charge-pickup cross sections with increasing projectile mass noted previously by other authors. It is therefore not necessary to invoke coherent processes to explain this increase as has been suggested previously.
- Received 31 March 1995
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