Virtual state of the three nucleon system

Phys. Rev. C 19, 579 – Published 1 March 1979
B. A. Girard and M. G. Fuda


The existence of a virtual state of the three nucleon system is established on the basis of three different analyses. Values for its pole position and residue in the doublet, s-wave, n-d elastic scattering amplitude, are obtained from a fit to the experimental data, from partial wave dispersion relations, and from an exact three-particle, separable potential calculation. The calculations indicate that these parameters are determined mainly by the one-nucleon exchange mechanism and the doublet scattering length a2. For a2=0.65 fm our best calculation gives an energy of 0.482 MeV below the elastic threshold, on the second Riemann sheet, and a residue parameter Cν2=0.0504, where Cν2 is defined in analogy to the triton asymptotic normalization parameter.

NUCLEAR REACTIONS Three-nucleon virtual state; fits to data; dispersion relations; separable potential calculations.


  • Received 10 October 1978
  • Published in the issue dated March 1979

© 1979 The American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

B. A. Girard and M. G. Fuda

  • Department of Physics and Astronomy, State University of New York at Buffalo, Amherst, New York 14260

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