Three nucleon forces and nuclear structure

B. R. Barrett

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The author's earlier research with Professor Bruce McKellar, some 30 years ago, led to the Tucson-Melbourne three-nucleon interaction, which is still relevant today. The new significance of three-nucleon forces in determining the structure of atomic nuclei will be discussed. This has led to increased efforts to learn more about the nature of these three-nucleon interactions, both experimentally and theoretically. The recently developed no-core shell model (NCSM) has the ability to test different theoretical models for three-nucleon forces by making direct comparisons of results produced by these forces with experimental data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4883-4889
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics A
Issue number27
StatePublished - Oct 30 2007


  • No-core shell model
  • Nuclear structure
  • Tucson-Melbourne three-nucleon interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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