13-17 June 2022
Berkeley, CA
US/Pacific timezone

New aspects of the physics of charge radii

13 Jun 2022, 16:35
Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Oral Oral Presentations NS2022 Plenary


Anatoli Afanasjev


A systematic global investigation of differential charge radii has been performed within the covariant density functional framework for the first time [1,2,3]. Theoretical results obtained with conventional covariant energy density functionals and separable pairing interaction are compared with experimental differential charge radii in the regions of the nuclear chart in which available experimental data crosses neutron shell closures at $N = 28, 50, 82$ and 126. The analysis of absolute differential radii of different isotopic chains and their relative properties indicate clearly that such properties are reasonably well described in model calculations in the cases when the mean-field approximation is justified. However, while the observed clusterization of differential charge radii of different isotopic chains is well described above the $N=50$ and $N=126$ shell closures, it is more difficult to reproduce it above the $N=28$ and $N=82$ shell closures because of possible deficiencies in underlying single-particle structure [1]. The impact of the latter has been evaluated for spherical shapes and it was shown that the relative energies of the single-particle states and the patterns of their occupation with increasing neutron number have an appreciable impact on the evolution of the $\delta \left < r^2 \right>^{N,N'}$ values. These factors also limit the predictive power of model calculations in the regions of high densities of the single-particle states of different origin. It is usually assumed that pairing is a dominant contributor to odd-even staggering (OES) in charge radii. Our analysis paints a more complicated picture. It suggests a new mechanism in which the fragmentation of the single-particle content of the ground state in odd-mass nuclei due to particle-vibration coupling provides a significant contribution to OES in charge radii [1]. The connections between the physics of nuclear charge radii and atomic physics will also be discussed [4,5].

[1] U. C. Perera, A. V. Afanasjev and P. Ring, Phys. Rev. C. 104, 064313 (2021).
[2] T. Day Goodacre A. V. Afanasjev et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 126, 032502 (2021).
[3] T. Day Goodacre A. V. Afanasjev et al, Phys. Rev. C 104, 054322 (2021).
[4] S.O. Allehabi et al, Phys. Rev. C 102,024326 (2020).
[5] S.O.Allehabi et al, Phys. Rev. A 103, L030801 (2021).

Primary authors

Anatoli Afanasjev Prof. Peter Ring (Technical University of Munich, Germany) Udeshika Perera (Mississippi State University)

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