Living on the Edge of Stability, the Limits of the Nuclear Landscape
- Morten Hjorth-Jensen, MSU NSCL & University of Oslo
Tuesday, March 19, 11:00 AM - Theory Seminar
NSCL Seminar Room
A first-principles description of nuclear systems along the drip lines presents a substantial theoretical and computational challenge. In this seminar, I will discuss the nuclear theory roadmap, some of the key theoretical approaches, and present selected results with a focus on long isotopic chains. An important conclusion, which consistently emerges from these theoretical analyses, is that three-nucleon forces are crucial for both global nuclear properties and detailed nuclear structure, and that many-body correlations due to the coupling to the particle continuum are essential as one approaches particle drip lines. Moreover, a proper optimization of nuclear forces, can lead to interesting surprises in low-energy nuclear physics studies.