Over the last decade one of the most active areas of research in nuclear physics has been the study of systems of nucleons in various dynamical situations. Heavy-ion collisions at beam energies in the range 30-150 MeV per nucleon, where subnucleaonic degrees of freedom can be considered as frozen, allow such systems to be studied in detail. Nuclear Dynamics in the Nucleonic Regime summarizes our current understanding of this branch of physics. The authors follow the course of typical heavy-ion collisions through time and discuss each stage of the collisions. By presenting experimental and theoretical understanding, a clear picture of the physics can be presented.
Introduction. Some basic properties of nuclei: static and statistical concepts. Macroscopic and microscopic descriptions of heavy-ion collisions. Basic experimental and analysis tools. Reaction mechanisms. Fast processes towards thermalization. Decay modes of hot nuclei: from evaporation to vaporisation. Nuclear fragmentation and the liquid-gas phase transition. Epilogue. Appendix. References. Index.