Techniques for heavy-ion coupled-channels calculations. I. Long-range Coulomb coupling

Phys. Rev. C 21, 2417 – Published 1 June 1980
M. Rhoades-Brown, M. H. Macfarlane, and Steven C. Pieper


Direct-reaction calculations for heavy ions require special computational techniques that take advantage of the physical peculiarities of heavy-ion systems. This paper is the first of a series on quantum-mechanical coupled-channels calculations for heavy ions. It deals with the problems posed by the long range of the Coulomb coupling interaction. Our approach is to use the Alder-Pauli factorization whereby the channel wave functions are expressed as products of Coulomb functions and modulating amplitudes. The equations for the modulating amplitudes are used to integrate inwards from infinity to a nuclear matching radius (≈ 20 fm). To adequate accuracy, the equations for the amplitudes can be reduced to first order and solved in first Born approximation. The use of the Born approximation leads to rapid recursion relations for the solutions of the Alder-Pauli equations and hence to a great reduction in computational labor. The resulting coupled-channels Coulomb functions can then be matched in the usual way to solutions of the coupled radial equations in the interior region of r space. Numerical studies demonstrate the reliability of the various techniques introduced.

NUCLEAR REACTIONS HI coupled-channel inelastic scattering. Treatment of long-range Coulomb potential.


  • Received 6 September 1979
  • Published in the issue dated June 1980

© 1980 The American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

M. Rhoades-Brown, M. H. Macfarlane, and Steven C. Pieper

  • Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439


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