Nuclear Chemical and Mechanical Instability and the Liquid-Gas Phase Transition in Nuclei

Research paper by S. J. Lee, A. Z. Mekjian

Indexed on: 28 Mar '08Published on: 28 Mar '08Published in: Nuclear Theory


The thermodynamic properties of nuclei are studied in a mean field model using a Skryme interaction. Properties of two component systems are investigated over the complete range of proton fraction from a system of pure neutrons to a system of only protons. Besides volume, symmetry, and Coulomb effects we also include momentum or velocity dependent forces. Applications of the results developed are then given which include nuclear mechanical and chemical instability and an associated liquid/gas phase transition in two component systems. The velocity dependence leads to further changes in the coexistence curve and nuclear mechanical and chemical instability curves.