Temperature and thermodynamic instabilities in heavyion collisions
Abstract
We investigate thermodynamic properties and instability conditions in intermediate energy heavyion reactions. We define locally thermodynamic variables, i.e. density, pressure and temperature, directly from the phase space distribution of a relativistic transport calculation. In particular, temperatures are determined by a fit to two covariant hot Fermi distributions thus taking into account possible anisotropic momentum configurations. We define instability independent from the nuclear matter spinodal by the criterion that the effective compressibility becomes negative. The method is applied to a semicentral Au on Au reaction at 600 MeV/nucleon. We investigate in particular the center of the participant and the spectator matter. In the latter we find a clear indication of instability with conditions of density and temperature that are consistent with experimental deteminations.
 Publication:

Nuclear Physics A
 Pub Date:
 February 1997
 DOI:
 10.1016/S03759474(97)004673
 arXiv:
 arXiv:nuclth/9705023
 Bibcode:
 1997NuPhA.626..987F
 Keywords:

 Nuclear Theory
 EPrint:
 20 pages latex, 5 PSfigures, revised version (minor changes) accepted for publication in Nucl. Phys. A