Liquid-gas phase transition in infinite and finite nuclear systems
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The liquid-gas phase transition in infinite asymmetric nuclear matter is studied with the SkM* interaction. In its light, the said transition is investigated in finite nuclei in a heated liquid-drop model where the drop is assumed to be in thermodynamic equilibrium with the vapor emanated from it. Results for caloric curve, isospin fractionation, heat capacity, and entropy are presented. The results of the calculations in this model are suggestive of a continuous phase transition.