The Isospin Dependence Of The Nuclear Equation Of State Near The Critical Point

Physical Review C (Impact Factor: 3.72). 02/2010; DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.81.044618
Source: arXiv

ABSTRACT We discuss experimental evidence for a nuclear phase transition driven by the different concentration of neutrons to protons. Different ratios of the neutron to proton concentrations lead to different critical points for the phase transition. This is analogous to the phase transitions occurring in 4He-3He liquid mixtures. We present experimental results which reveal the N/A (or Z/A) dependence of the phase transition and discuss possible implications of these observations in terms of the Landau Free Energy description of critical phenomena. Comment: 14 pages, 18 figures

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