Direct thermal photons in the pt range of 0 - 5 GeV/c are expected to provide a sensitive probe of the hot dense matter formed in the early stage of relativistic heavy ion collisions. The production of single photons in 158 AGeV Pb+Pb interactions has been studied with the 10080 detector lead glass calorimeter of the WA98 experiment at CERN. Neutral π0 cross section has been measured via its two-photon decay branch. At pt ≥ ∼GeV/c single photon yields of ∼20% of the decay photon yields are observed consistently with different photon identification criteria both for the peripheral and central events.
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics