Microcanonical simulation of nuclear disassembly

Steven E. Koonin, Jørgen Randrup

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We formulate a model for the disassembly of a highly excited finite nuclear source into interacting nuclear fragments. Monte Carlo sampling of the exact microcanonical and canonical ensemble provides many-fragment configurations at the effective freeze-out stage. The effect of including the interaction between the fragments is significant and an elaboration of the model that allows for a nucleon vapor suggests the existence of a first-order phase transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-192
Number of pages20
JournalNuclear Physics, Section A
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 16 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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