Percolation line of stable clusters in supercritical fluids

Xavier Campi 1, Hubert Krivine 1, Nicolas Sator 1

Physica A 296 (2001) 24-30

We predict that self-bound clusters of particles exist in the supercritical phase of simple fluids. These clusters, whose internal temperature is lower than the global temperature of the system, define a percolation line that starts at the critical point. This line should be physically observable. Possible experiments showing the validity of these predictions are discussed.

  • 1. Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques (LPTMS),
    CNRS : UMR8626 – Université Paris XI - Paris Sud