Browsing by Subject "Phase transitions"
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Publisher and Date:(Amer Inst Physics, 2012)The mean-field approximation predicts pairing and shape phase transitions in nuclei as a function of temperature or excitation energy. However in the finite nucleus the singularities of these phase transitions are smoothed out by quantal and thermal fluctuations. An interesting question is whether signatures of these transitions survive despite the large fluctuations. The shell model Monte Carlo (SMMC) approach enables us to calculate the statistical properties of nuclei beyond the mean-field ...