Sensitivity of intermediate mass fragment flows to the symmetry energy Academic Article uri icon


  • The NIMROD-ISiS array was used to study the transverse flow of intermediate mass fragments in 35 MeV/nucleon 70Zn+70Zn, 64Zn+64Zn, and 64Ni+64Ni reactions. The intermediate mass fragment flow was previously shown to be sensitive to the density dependence of the symmetry energy. To explore the model dependence of the results, the antisymmetrized molecular dynamics, constrained molecular dynamics, and stochastic mean-field models were each compared to the experimental results to extract information on the form of the symmetry energy. The results demonstrate that sensitivity of the models to the nuclear equation of state can vary significantly based on the treatment of the nuclear dynamics. Despite the differences in the sensitivity, improved agreement with the experimental data is observed for each model with a stiff density dependence of the symmetry energy. 2012 American Physical Society.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Kohley, Z., Colonna, M., Bonasera, A., May, L. W., Wuenschel, S., Di Toro, M., ... Zielinska-Pfabe, M.

citation count

  • 29

complete list of authors

  • Kohley, Z||Colonna, M||Bonasera, A||May, LW||Wuenschel, S||Di Toro, M||Galanopoulos, S||Hagel, K||Mehlman, M||Smith, WB||Souliotis, GA||Soisson, SN||Stein, BC||Tripathi, R||Yennello, SJ||Zielinska-Pfabe, M

publication date

  • January 2012