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Title: Studies of Fluctuation Processes in Nuclear Collisions

The standard one-body transport approaches have been extensively applied to investigate heavy-ion collision dynamics at low and intermediate energies. At low energies the approach is the mean-field description of the time-dependent Hartree-Fock (TDHF) theory. At intermediate energies the approach is extended by including a collision term, and its application has been carried out mostly in the semi-classical framework of the Boltzmann-Uhling-Uhlenbeck (BUU) model. The standard transport models provide a good understanding of the average properties of the collision dynamics in terms of the effective interactions in both low and intermediate energies. However, the standard models are inadequate for describing the fluctuation dynamics of collective motion at low energies and disassembling of the nuclear system into fragments at intermediate energies resulting from the growth of density fluctuations in the spinodal region. Our tasks have been to improve the standard transport approaches by incorporating fluctuation mechanisms into the description. There are mainly two different mechanisms for fluctuations: (i) Collisional fluctuations generated by binary nucleon collisions, which provide the dominant mechanism at intermediate energies, and (ii) One-body mechanism or mean-field fluctuations, which is the dominant mechanism at low energies. In the first part of our project, the PI extended the standard transport modelmore » at intermediate energies by incorporating collisional mechanism according to the “Generalized Langevin Description” of Mori formalism. The PI and his collaborators carried out a number of applications for describing dynamical mechanism of nuclear multi fragmentations, and nuclear collective response in the semi-classical framework of the approach, which is known as the Boltzmann-Langevin model. In the second part of the project, we considered dynamical description at low energies. Because of the effective Pauli blocking, the collisional dissipation and fluctuation mechanism do not play an important role at low energies and the mean-field fluctuations provide the dominant mechanism. The PI developed a stochastic mean-field (SMF) approach for nuclear dynamics by incorporating zero-point and thermal fluctuations of the initial state. This improvement provides an approximate description of quantal fluctuations of the collective motion, which was missing in the standard mean-field approach. We carried out a number of applications of the SMF approach for dynamics of spinodal instabilities in nuclear matter and the nucleon exchange mechanism in the quasi fission reactions. Further applications of the approach are currently in progress.« less
  1. Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville, TN (United States). Dept. of Physics
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Report Number(s):
DOE-TTU--40530-1; DOE/89ER--40530
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Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Nuclear Physics (NP) (SC-26)
Country of Publication:
United States
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS Boltzmann-Langevin Model; Stochastic Mean-Field Approach