The neutron and proton level sequences in a diffuse, velocity-dependent potential have been investigated. A velocity-dependent interaction is used which manifests itself by attributing to a nucleon inside nuclear matter an "effective mass" which is a function of its position. Following Brueckner, Johnson and Teller, and Duerr, the effective mass in the center of the nucleus is chosen to be one-half the free-particle mass. The potential form was taken as , and for protons a Coulomb potential derived from a uniform charge distribution extending to was added. The proper neutron shell structure and level sequence was obtained with the parameters , cm, Mev, and a spin-orbit coupling 33 times the Thomas term. For protons, using the same , radius, and spin-orbit coupling, it was found that the potential depth had to be increased by roughly 13 Mev to bind the correct number of protons in . If Pauli principle correlations are included, then a deeper proton potential is obtained. This correction depends critically on the form of the nucleon densities. Since a self-consistent treatment has not been made, this effect has been estimated in two ways: (1) A Fermi-Thomas approximation was used to compute the densities. In this case, the correct neutron-proton ratio is obtained but the correct proton level sequence is destroyed. (2) The neutron well depth was increased by an amount . In this approximation the correct proton level sequence is obtained but it is not possible to bind the proper number of protons.
- Received 10 July 1956
- Published in the issue dated October 1956
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