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The liquid to vapor phase transition in excited nuclei

  • Author(s): Elliott, J.B.
  • Moretto, L.G.
  • Phair, L.
  • Wozniak, G.J.
  • Beaulieu, L.
  • Breuer, H.
  • Korteling, R.G.
  • Kwiatkowski, K.
  • Lefort, T.
  • Pienkowski, L.
  • Ruangma, A.
  • Viola, V.E.
  • Yennello, S.J.
  • et al.
Abstract

For many years it has been speculated that excited nuclei would undergo a liquid to vapor phase transition. For even longer, it has been known that clusterization in a vapor carries direct information on the liquid-vapor equilibrium according to Fisher's droplet model. Now the thermal component of the 8 GeV/c pion + 197 Au multifragmentation data of the ISiS Collaboration is shown to follow the scaling predicted by Fisher's model, thus providing the strongest evidence yet of the liquid to vapor phase transition.

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