Large scale nuclear energy functional studies of nuclear binding energies and their application in nuclear astrophysics
Title: Large scale nuclear energy functional studies of nuclear binding energies and their application in nuclear astrophysics
SNIC Project: SNIC 2014/1-114
Project Type: SNAC Medium
Principal Investigator: Chong Qi <chongq@kth.se>
Affiliation: Department of Physics, KTH
Duration: 2014-03-29 – 2015-04-01
Classification: 10301
Homepage: http://www.nuclear.kth.se/
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Abstract

The nucleus is a unique laboratory to study the complex nature of the many-body dynamics. A real challenge at present is the understanding of nuclei very far from stability. The study of those nuclei, many of which can be reached in upcoming radioactive ion beam facilities, may require drastic changes in standard concepts in nuclear structure physics. The description of these nuclei will provide an additional test to our understanding of the nuclear shell model and the underlying nucleon-nucleon interaction. In this project we propose to study systematically the binding energies and structure properties of nuclei over the whole nuclear chart based on the nuclear hartree-fock-bogoliubov method. This will be necessary to describe phenomena as disparate as, e.g., neutron-proton (np) pair correlations, nuclear halos, double beta decay, nuclear reactions and radioactive decays of superheavy nuclei. In addition, one may get a better understanding of the paths followed by the nucleosynthesis process towards the creation of heavy elements.