Several hadronic observables have been studied in central [Formula Presented] Pb+Pb collisions using data measured by the WA98 experiment at CERN: single [Formula Presented] and [Formula Presented] production, as well as two- and three-pion interferometry. The Wiedemann-Heinz hydrodynamical model has been fitted to the pion spectrum, giving an estimate of the temperature and transverse flow velocity. Bose-Einstein correlations between two identified [Formula Presented] have been analyzed as a function of [Formula Presented] using two different parametrizations. The results indicate that the source does not have a strictly boost invariant expansion or spend time in a long-lived intermediate phase. A comparison between data and a hydrodynamical based simulation shows very good agreement for the radii parameters as a function of [Formula Presented] The pion phase-space density at freeze-out has been measured, and agrees well with the Tomás̆ik-Heinz model. A large pion chemical potential close to the condensation limit of [Formula Presented] seems to be excluded. The three-pion Bose-Einstein interferometry shows a substantial contribution of the genuine three-pion correlation, but not quite as large as expected for a fully chaotic and symmetric source.
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics