@article{3f86c4eb6b04458fb4cd235582d908ff,

title = "The search for the scaling function in the multifragmentation of gold nuclei",

abstract = "It is shown that thermodynamic scaling when applied to systems with few (∼ 150) constituents, in accordance with the theory of critical phenomena, is observed in nuclear multifragmentation. Yields of different nuclear fragments, obtained over a wide range of excitation energies, collapse with some scatter onto a universal curve. This curve is the nuclear scaling function, which is intimately related to the free energy of the system. The determination of the scaling function forms the basis for quantitatively predicting the critical behavior in nuclei.",

keywords = "Critical exponents, Multifragmentation, Scaling",

author = "Elliott, {J. B.} and S. Albergo and F. Bieser and Brady, {F. P.} and Z. Caccia and Cebra, {D. A.} and Chacon, {A. D.} and Chance, {J. L.} and Y. Choi and S. Costa and Gilkes, {M. L.} and Hauger, {J. A.} and Hirsch, {A. S.} and Hjort, {E. L.} and A. Insolia and M. Justice and D. Keane and Kintner, {J. C.} and V. Lindenstruth and Lisa, {M. A.} and Matis, {H. S.} and M. McMahan and C. McParland and M{\"u}ller, {W. F.J.} and Olson, {D. L.} and Partlan, {M. D.} and Porile, {N. T.} and R. Potenza and G. Rai and J. Rasmussen and Ritter, {H. G.} and J. Romanski and Romero, {J. L.} and Russo, {G. V.} and H. Sann and Scharenberg, {R. P.} and A. Scott and Y. Shao and Srivastava, {B. K.} and Symons, {T. J.M.} and M. Tincknell and C. Tuv{\'e} and S. Wang and Warren, {P. G.} and Wieman, {H. H.} and T. Wienold and K. Wolf",

note = "Funding Information: The authors would like to thank their colleague Hisao Nakanishi for sharing his knowledge of the theory of critical phenomena and his expertise in percolation theory. This work was supported in part by the US Department of Energy Contracts or Grants No. DE-ACO3-76F00098, DE-FG02-89ER-40513, DE-FG02-88ER-40408, DE-FG02-88ER40412, DE-FG05-ER40437 and by the US National Science Foundation under Grant No. PHY-91-23301.",

year = "1998",

month = jan,

day = "29",

doi = "10.1016/S0370-2693(97)01403-2",

language = "English (US)",

volume = "418",

pages = "34--41",

journal = "Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics",

issn = "0370-2693",

publisher = "Elsevier",

number = "1-2",

}