Using reverse kinematics, we have studied the breakup of 1.0A GeV gold nuclei incident on a carbon target. The detector system permitted exclusive event reconstruction of nearly all charged reaction products. The moments of the resulting charged fragment distribution provide strong evidence that nuclear matter possesses a critical point observable in finite nuclei. We have determined values for the critical exponents γ, β, and τ. These values are close to those for liquid-gas systems and clearly different than those for 3D percolation and the liquid-gas mean field limit.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)