Convergence properties of ab initio calculations of light nuclei in a harmonic oscillator basis

S. A. Coon, M. I. Avetian, M. K.G. Kruse, U. Van Kolck, P. Maris, J. P. Vary

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We study recently proposed ultraviolet and infrared momentum regulators of the model spaces formed by construction of a variational trial wave function which uses a complete set of many-body basis states based upon three-dimensional harmonic oscillator (HO) functions. These model spaces are defined by a truncation of the expansion characterized by a counting number (N) and by the intrinsic scale (a) of the HO basis-in short by the ordered pair (N,). In this study we choose for N the truncation parameter Nmax related to the maximum number of oscillator quanta, above the minimum configuration, kept in the model space. The uv momentum cutoff of the continuum is readily mapped onto a defined uv cutoff in this finite model space, but there are two proposed definitions of the ir momentum cutoff inherent in a finite-dimensional HO basis. One definition is based upon the lowest momentum difference given by itself and the other upon the infrared momentum which corresponds to the maximal radial extent used to encompass the many-body system in coordinate space. Extending both the uv cutoff to infinity and the ir cutoff to zero is prescribed for a converged calculation. We calculate the ground-state energy of light nuclei with bare and soft nucleon-nucleon (NN) interactions. By doing so, we investigate the behaviors of the uv and ir regulators of model spaces used to describe 2H, 3H, 4He, and 6He with NN potentials Idaho N3LO and JISP16. We establish practical procedures which utilize these regulators to obtain the extrapolated result from sequences of calculations with model spaces characterized by (N).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number054002
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 26 2012

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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