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Liquid-gas phase transition in nuclear matter in the mean-field approximation

Authors: A. Rios, A. Carbone, A. Polls, and I. VidaƱa

Ref.: Journal of Physics Conference Series 321, 012058 (2011)

Abstract: The liquid gas phase transition in nuclear systems is a unique phenomenon, at the frontier of nuclear, many-body and statistical physics. We use self-consistent mean-field calculations to quantify the properties of the transition in symmetric nuclear matter. We explore the available parameter space of critical properties by analyzing the mean-field dependence of the phase transition. The latent heat of the transition is computed and we find that it exhibits a model independent temperature dependence due to basic physical principles.

DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/321/1/012058