Bimodalities: A survey of experimental data and models

Dynamics and Thermodynamics with Nuclear Degrees of Freedom

Abstract.

Bimodal distributions of some chosen variables measured in nuclear collisions were recently proposed as a non-ambiguous signature of a first-order phase transition in nuclei. This section presents a compilation of both theoretical and experimental studies on bimodalities performed so far, in relation with the liquid-gas phase transition in nuclear matter.

PACS.

25.70.Pq Multifragment emission and correlations 24.60.-k Statistical theory and fluctuations 64.60.Cn Order-disorder transformations; statistical mechanics of model systems 25.70.-z Low and intermediate energy heavy-ion reactions 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physique CorpusculaireIN2P3-CNRS/ENSICAEN/UniversitéCaen cedexFrance
  2. 2.Institut de Physique NucléaireIN2P3-CNRSOrsay cedexFrance

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