Author

# Francisco Pérez-Bernal

Other affiliations: Yale University, University of Huelva, University of Seville

Bio: Francisco Pérez-Bernal is an academic researcher from University of Granada. The author has contributed to research in topics: Hamiltonian (quantum mechanics) & Quantum phase transition. The author has an hindex of 22, co-authored 100 publications receiving 1491 citations. Previous affiliations of Francisco Pérez-Bernal include Yale University & University of Huelva.

##### Papers published on a yearly basis

##### Papers

More filters

••

TL;DR: The extracted total-reaction cross section for the 11Be collision is more than double the ones measured in the collisions induced by (9,10)Be, and it is shown that such a strong enhancement of thetotal-re reaction cross section with 11Be is due to transfer and breakup processes.

Abstract: Collisions induced by {sup 9,10,11}Be on a {sup 64}Zn target at the same c.m. energy were studied. For the first time, strong effects of the {sup 11}Be halo structure on elastic-scattering and reaction mechanisms at energies near the Coulomb barrier are evidenced experimentally. The elastic-scattering cross section of the {sup 11}Be halo nucleus shows unusual behavior in the Coulomb-nuclear interference peak angular region. The extracted total-reaction cross section for the {sup 11}Be collision is more than double the ones measured in the collisions induced by {sup 9,10}Be. It is shown that such a strong enhancement of the total-reaction cross section with {sup 11}Be is due to transfer and breakup processes.

124 citations

••

TL;DR: In this article, a semiclassical polarization potential was used to study the effect of the Coulomb dipole polarizability on the elastic scattering of 6 He on 208 Pb at laboratory energies of 14, 16, 18 and 22 MeV.

99 citations

••

TL;DR: In this article, the scaling behavior of observables and the dependence of the energy gap for phase transitions of Un-SOn +1 type are investigated. But the authors focus on the phase transition in two-dimensional algebraic models.

Abstract: We analyze shape phase transitions in two-dimensional algebraic models. We apply our analysis to linearto-bent transitions in molecules and point out what observables are particularly sensitive to the transition order parameters. We study numerically the scaling behavior of observables and confirm the dependence of the energy gap for phase transitions of Un-SOn +1 type. We calculate energies of excited states and show their unusual behavior for some values of the Hamiltonian control parameter. This behavior is due to the doublehumped nature of the potential and can be associated with the concept of monodromy. Finally, we compute numerically thermodynamic quantities, in particular heat capacities, and show their large variation at and around the critical value of the control parameter.

84 citations

••

TL;DR: Di Pietro et al. as mentioned in this paper showed that the observed suppression of the Coulomb-nuclear interference peak is caused by a combined effect of Coulomb and nuclear couplings to the breakup channels.

Abstract: In this paper details of the experimental procedure and data analysis of the collision of 11Be+64Zn around the Coulomb barrier are described and discussed in the framework of different theoretical approaches. In a previous work [ A. Di Pietro et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 022701 (2010)], the elastic scattering angular distribution of the collisions 9, 10Be+64Zn as well as the angular distribution for the quasielastic scattering and transfer/breakup cross sections for the 11Be+64Zn reaction were briefly reported. The suppression of the quasielastic angular distribution in the Coulomb-nuclear interference angular region observed in the collision of the 11Be halo nucleus with respect to the other two beryllium isotopes was interpreted as being caused by a long-range absorption owing to the long decay length of the 11Be wave function. In this paper, new continuum-discretized coupled-channel calculations of the 11Be+64Zn reaction are reported in the attempt to interpret the effect of coupling with the breakup channels on the measured cross sections. The calculations show that the observed suppression of the Coulomb-nuclear interference peak is caused by a combined effect of Coulomb and nuclear couplings to the breakup channels.

76 citations

••

TL;DR: In this article, the authors investigate how the presence of an excited-state quantum phase transition can be detected from the analysis of the structure of the Hamiltonian matrix, the level of localization of the eigenstates, the onset of bifurcation, and the speed of the system evolution.

Abstract: Excited-state quantum phase transitions (ESQPTs) are generalizations of quantum phase transitions to excited levels. They are associated with local divergences in the density of states. Here, we investigate how the presence of an ESQPT can be detected from the analysis of the structure of the Hamiltonian matrix, the level of localization of the eigenstates, the onset of bifurcation, and the speed of the system evolution. Our findings are illustrated for a Hamiltonian with infinite-range Ising interaction in a transverse field. This is a version of the Lipkin-Meshkov-Glick (LMG) model and the limiting case of the one-dimensional spin-$\frac{1}{2}$ system with tunable interactions realized with ion traps. From our studies for the dynamics, we uncover similarities between the LMG and the noninteracting XX models.

75 citations

##### Cited by

More filters

••

[...]

TL;DR: There is, I think, something ethereal about i —the square root of minus one, which seems an odd beast at that time—an intruder hovering on the edge of reality.

Abstract: There is, I think, something ethereal about i —the square root of minus one. I remember first hearing about it at school. It seemed an odd beast at that time—an intruder hovering on the edge of reality.
Usually familiarity dulls this sense of the bizarre, but in the case of i it was the reverse: over the years the sense of its surreal nature intensified. It seemed that it was impossible to write mathematics that described the real world in …

33,785 citations

••

TL;DR: In this paper, the role of pertubative renormalization group (RG) approaches and self-consistent renormalized spin fluctuation (SCR-SF) theories to understand the quantum-classical crossover in the vicinity of the quantum critical point with generalization to the Kondo effect in heavy-fermion systems is discussed.

Abstract: We give a general introduction to quantum phase transitions in strongly-correlated electron systems. These transitions which occur at zero temperature when a non-thermal parameter $g$ like pressure, chemical composition or magnetic field is tuned to a critical value are characterized by a dynamic exponent $z$ related to the energy and length scales $\Delta$ and $\xi$. Simple arguments based on an expansion to first order in the effective interaction allow to define an upper-critical dimension $D_{C}=4$ (where $D=d+z$ and $d$ is the spatial dimension) below which mean-field description is no longer valid. We emphasize the role of pertubative renormalization group (RG) approaches and self-consistent renormalized spin fluctuation (SCR-SF) theories to understand the quantum-classical crossover in the vicinity of the quantum critical point with generalization to the Kondo effect in heavy-fermion systems. Finally we quote some recent inelastic neutron scattering experiments performed on heavy-fermions which lead to unusual scaling law in $\omega /T$ for the dynamical spin susceptibility revealing critical local modes beyond the itinerant magnetism scheme and mention new attempts to describe this local quantum critical point.

1,347 citations