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We study the Loschmidt echo for a system of electrons interacting through mean-field Coulomb forces. The electron gas is modeled by a self-consistent set of hydrodynamic equations. It is observed that the quantum fidelity drops abruptly after a time that is proportional to the logarithm of the perturbation amplitude. The fidelity drop is related to the(More)
We discuss the role and the treatment of polarization effects in many-body systems of charged conducting clusters and apply this to the statistical fragmentation of Na-clusters. We see a first order microcanonical phase transition in the fragmentation of N a Z+ 70 for Z = 0 to 8. We can distinguish two fragmentation phases, namely evaporation of large(More)
We present a combined experimental and theoretical study of fragmentation of small Cn clusters (n = 5,7,9) produced in charge transfer collisions of fast (nu = 2.6 a.u.) singly charged Cn+ clusters with He. Branching ratios for all possible fragmentation channels have been measured. Comparison with microcanonical Metropolis Monte Carlo simulations based on(More)
We present a combined theoretical and experimental study of charge transfer and dissociation in collisions of slow Li31(2+) clusters with Cs atoms. We provide a direct quantitative comparison between theory and experiment and show that good agreement is found only when the exact experimental time of flight and initial cluster temperature are taken into(More)
We report a new mechanism on the dynamics of correlated electrons in simple metal clusters which manifests by a strong electron temperature dependence of the surface plasmon resonance spectral profile. This effect is revealed thanks to a theoretical approach based on the time-dependent local-density approximation at finite electronic temperature, and it(More)
The complete fragmentation of highly excited and multicharged C(n)(q+) clusters (n=5-10; q=2-4), produced in high velocity collisions of C(n)(+) with atoms, has been measured. Multiplicity distributions are presented and used to deduce, within a statistical framework, the partitioning of energy between the fragments' production and fragments' kinetic(More)
We have determined absolute charge transfer and fragmentation cross sections in He2++C60 collisions in the impact-energy range 0.1-250 keV by using a combined experimental and theoretical approach. We have found that the cross sections for the formation of He+ and He0 are comparable in magnitude, which cannot be explained by the sole contribution of pure(More)
The quantum coherence of a Bose-Einstein condensate is studied using the concept of quantum fidelity (Loschmidt echo). The condensate is confined in an elongated anharmonic trap and subjected to a small random potential such as that created by a laser speckle. Numerical experiments show that the quantum fidelity stays constant until a critical time, after(More)
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