Relativistic nuclear Hamiltonians

Phys. Rev. C 52, 568 – Published 1 August 1995
J. L. Forest, V. R. Pandharipande, and J. L. Friar


Relativistic Hamiltonians are defined as the sum of relativistic one-body kinetic energies, two- and many-body interactions and their boost corrections. We review the calculation of the boost correction of the two-body interaction from commutation relations of the Poincaré group and show that its important terms can be easily understood from classical relativistic mechanics. The boost corrections for scalar- and vector-meson-exchange interactions, obtained from relativistic field theory, are shown to be in agreement with the results of the classical calculation. These boost corrections are also shown to be necessary to reproduce the known results of relativistic mean-field theories. We conclude with comments on the relativistic boost operator for the wave function of a nucleus. Some of the results presented in this article are known. We hope that a better understanding of relativistic Hamiltonians and their relation to relativistic field theory is obtained by putting them together with the new relations.


  • Received 28 September 1994
  • Published in the issue dated August 1995

© 1995 The American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

J. L. Forest and V. R. Pandharipande

  • Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1110 West Green Street Urbana, Illinois 61801

J. L. Friar

  • Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, MS B283, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545

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