Evidence of critical behavior in the disassembly of nuclei with A similar to 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 5.60.5 MeV/nucleon and temperature of 8.30.5 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.

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author list (cited authors)

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

citation count

  • 35

complete list of authors

  • Ma, YG||Wada, R||Hagel, K||Wang, J||Keutgen, T||Majka, Z||Murray, M||Qin, L||Smith, P||Natowitz, JB||Alfaro, R||Cibor, J||Cinausero, M||El Masri, Y||Fabris, D||Fioretto, E||Keksis, A||Lunardon, M||Makeev, A||Marie, N||Martin, E||Martinez-Davalos, A||Menchaca-Rocha, A||Nebbia, G||Prete, G||Rizzi, V||Ruangma, A||Shetty, DV||Souliotis, G||Staszel, P||Veselsky, M||Viesti, G||Winchester, EM||Yennello, SJ

publication date

  • March 2004