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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review C|
|State||Published - 1986|