Microscopic Optical Potential from Chiral Effective Field Theory

T. R. Whitehead, Y. Lim, J. W. Holt

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We formulate a microscopic optical potential from chiral two- and three-body forces. The real and imaginary central terms of the optical potential are obtained from the nucleon self-energy in infinite matter, while the real spin–orbit term is extracted from a nuclear energy density functional constructed from the density matrix expansion using the same chiral potential. The density-dependent optical potential is then folded with the nuclear density distributions for selected Calcium isotopes resulting in energy-dependent nucleon–nucleus optical potentials from which we study proton–nucleus elastic scattering cross sections calculated using the TALYS reaction code. We compare the results of the microscopic calculations to phenomenological models and experimental data.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCompound-Nuclear Reactions - Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Compound-Nuclear Reactions and Related Topics CNR*18
EditorsJutta Escher, Yoram Alhassid, Lee A. Bernstein, David Brown, Carla Fröhlich, Patrick Talou, Walid Younes
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9783030580810
StatePublished - 2021
Event6th International Workshop on Compound-Nuclear Reactions and Related Topics, CNR 2018 - Berkeley, United States
Duration: 24 Sep 201828 Sep 2018

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Physics
ISSN (Print)0930-8989
ISSN (Electronic)1867-4941


Conference6th International Workshop on Compound-Nuclear Reactions and Related Topics, CNR 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration under Grant No. DE-NA0003841 and by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. PHY1652199.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, This is a U.S. government work and not under copyright protection in the U.S.; foreign copyright protection may apply.


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