Present Status of the Caloric Curve of Nuclei

Authors: U. Lynen et al.
Published: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Nucleus-Nucleus Collisions (NN97) June 2 - 6, 1997, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA
Nucl. Phys. A630(1998)176c
Abstract: Spectator decay was studied for the system Au + Au at an energy of 1000 A MeV and the decay of the interaction region at energies between 50 and 200 A MeV. In both cases temparatures were derived from several double-ratios of neighboring isotopes and from the population of excited states in 5Li and 4He. Agreement was found among the different isotope temperatures and also among the two excited state temperatures. The comparison of isotope and excited state temperatures, however, reveales large differences, which cannot be explained by feeding corrections. At incident energies between 600 and 1000 A MeV the energy spectra of fragments and also neutrons of the decaying projectile spectator were measured. Whereas the slope parameters of the energy spectra and mean energies for fragments with Z .ge. 2 are independent of the incident energy, a strong dependence is found for the lightest particles, so that preequilibrium contributions to the spectator decay should be taken into account.
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