Mean-field calculations of fluctuations in nuclear collisions

J. B. Marston, S. E. Koonin

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We apply the new variational principle of Balian and Veneroni to calculate the fluctuations in final-fragment mass, charge, and kinetic energy for the systems O16 + O16 (Elab-160 MeV) and Ca40 + Ca40 (Elab=278 MeV). The calculated fluctuations are larger than conventional time-dependent Hartree-Fock results and, in the latter case, are consistent with the experimental fragment mass distribution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1139-1141
Number of pages3
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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