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Physics  2003 

The resistible effects of Coulomb interaction on nucleus-vapor phase coexistence

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.68.061602

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We explore the effects of Coulomb interaction upon the nuclear liquid vapor phase transition. Because large nuclei (A>60) are metastable objects, phases, phase coexistence, and phase transitions cannot be defined with any generality and the analogy to liquid vapor is ill-posed for these heavy systems. However, it is possible to account for the Coulomb interaction in the decay rates and obtain the coexistence phase diagram for the corresponding uncharged system.


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