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Nuclear structure and reactions from chiral effective field theory

Jeremy W. Holt (U. of Washington)
20 Mar 2013 - 11:00
Villa Tambosi 2nd Floor, Seminar Room

We discuss a microscopic approach to nuclear structure and dynamics based on the use of realistic nuclear interactions derived within the framework of chiral effective field theory. Emphasis will be given to the importance of the leading-order chiral three-nucleon force and its role in various low-energy nuclear phenomena. Applications to finite nuclei include the description of the anomalously-long beta-decay lifetime of carbon-14, the construction of nuclear energy density functionals, and recent efforts to derive microscopic optical model potentials for reactions on rare isotopes. We then turn to a description of infinite nuclear and neutron matter which we study within the framework of Landau's theory of normal Fermi liquids.