Evidence of critical behavior in the disassembly of nuclei with A∼36 Academic Article uri icon


  • A wide variety of observables indicate that maximal fluctuations in the disassembly of hot nuclei with A ∼36 occur at an excitation energy of 5.6±0.5 MeV/nucleon and temperature of 8.3±0.5 MeV. Associated with this point of maximal fluctuations are a number of quantitative indicators of apparent critical behavior. The associated caloric curve does not appear to show a flattening such as that seen for heavier systems. This suggests that, in contrast to similar signals seen for liquid-gas transitions in heavier nuclei, the observed behavior in these very light nuclei is associated with a transition much closer to the critical point.

author list (cited authors)

  • G., Y., Wada, R., Hagel, K., Wang, J., Keutgen, T., Majka, Z., ... Yennello, S. J.

citation count

  • 31

publication date

  • March 2004