Liquid-gas phase separation in nuclear collisions

N. K. Glendenning, L. P. Csernai, J. I. Kapusta

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The equation of state of nuclear matter at finite temperature and density is calculated in a relativistic field theory of interacting baryons and mesons. At subnuclear densities there exists a liquid-gas phase transition with a critical point at Tc=17.3 MeV, nc=0.052 fm-3. We estimate the critical beam energy in symmetric headon nucleus-nucleus collisions for which the exploding nuclear matter passes through the critical point. The dynamics of phase separation is studied in the extreme limits of no dissipation and maximum dissipation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1299-1302
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review C
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1986


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