Dynamics of the multifragmentation of 1A GeV Gold on Carbon

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Abstract

An exclusive study of the interaction of 1A GeV Au with C shows a separability into two stages: a prompt stage involving emission of most z = 1 and some Z = 2 particles and a second stage involving the decay of an equilibrated remnant, which typically undergoes multifragmentation. The mean mass, charge, excitation energy, and the initial temperature Ti of the remnant have been determined as a function of the total charge multiplicity, m, as has the freeze-out temperature Tf. Both Ti and Tf increase linearly with m and their values at the critical point have been determined. Tf rises monotonically with excitation energy as expected for a continuous phase transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-238
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume77
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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