Ab initio shell model with a core: Extending the no core shell model to heavier nuclei

Bruce Barrett, Michael Kruse, Alexander Lisetskiy, Petr Navratil, Ionel Stetcu, James Vary

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The No Core Shell Model (NCSM) is an ab initio method for calculating the properties of atomic nuclei, starting with the fundamental interactions among the nucleons and treating all A nucleons as being active. This approach has been successfully applied to nuclei with A ≤ 20, but it is difficult to treat heavier mass nuclei with existing computer technology, because of the extemely large basis spaces required to obtain converged results. In this presentation we outline a new formalism for extending the NCSM to heavier mass nuclei. It involves using the NCSM approach to determine the core, one-body and two-body (and perhaps also three-body) terms, which are the usual input for standard shell model (SSM) calculations. Such SSM calculations can be easily performed for sd- and pf-shell nuclei. As a test of this new formalism, we apply it to nuclei in the 0p-shell, for which exact NCSM calculations can also be performed for making comparisons. Results are given both for energy spectra and electromagnetic properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number092016
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue numberSECTION 9
StatePublished - 2011
EventInternational Nuclear Physics Conference 2010, INPC2010 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: Jul 4 2010Jul 9 2010

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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