Étude et approches stochastiques du problème à n corps: application à la multifragmentation nucléaire

Abstract : In the last decade nuclear physics research has found, with the observation of phenomena such as multifragmentation or vaporization, the possibility to get a deeper insight into the nuclear matter phase diagram. For example, a spinodal decomposition scenario has been proposed to explain the multifragmentation: because of the initial compression, the system may enter a region, the spinodal zone, in which the nuclear matter is no longer stable, and so any fluctuation leads to the formation of fragments. This thesis deals with spinodal decomposition within the theoretical framework of stochastic mean filed approaches, in which the one-body density function may experience a stochastic evolution. We have shown that these approaches are able to describe phenomena, such as first order phase transitions, in which fluctuations and many-body correlations plan an important role. In the framework of stochastic mean-filed approaches we have shown that the fragment production by spinodal decomposition is characterized by typical time scales of the order of 100 fm/c and by typical size scales around the Neon mass. We have also shown that these features are robust and that they are not affected significantly by a possible expansion of the system or by the finite size of nuclei. We have proposed as a signature of the spinodal decomposition some typical partition of the largest fragments. The study and the comparison with experimental data, performed for the reactions Xe + Cu at 45 MeV/A and Xe + Sn at 50 MeV/A, have shown a remarkable agreement. Moreover we would like to stress that the theory does not contain any adjustable parameter. These results seem to give a strong indication of the possibility to observe a spinodal decomposition of nuclei.
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A. Guarnera. Étude et approches stochastiques du problème à n corps: application à la multifragmentation nucléaire. Physique Nucléaire Expérimentale [nucl-ex]. Université de Caen, 1996. Français. ⟨in2p3-00008713⟩

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