Effective field theory for halo nuclei: Shallow p-wave states

C. A. Bertulani, H. W. Hammer, U. Van Kolck

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Halo nuclei are a promising new arena for studies based on effective field theory (EFT). We develop an EFT for shallow p-wave states and discuss the application to elastic nα scattering. In contrast to the s-wave case, both the scattering length and effective range enter at leading order. We also discuss the prospects of using EFT in the description of other halos, such as the three-body halo nucleus 6He.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-58
Number of pages22
JournalNuclear Physics A
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Dec 16 2002


  • Effective field theory
  • Halo nuclei
  • Shallow p-wave states

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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