#### Abstract

The cross section for the proton weak capture reaction ${}^{1}\mathrm{H}{(p,e}^{+}{\nu}_{e}{)}^{2}\mathrm{H}$ is calculated with wave functions obtained from a number of modern, realistic high-precision interactions. To minimize the uncertainty in the axial two-body current operator, its matrix element has been adjusted to reproduce the measured Gamow-Teller matrix element of tritium $\beta $ decay in model calculations using trinucleon wave functions from these interactions. A thorough analysis of the ambiguities that this procedure introduces in evaluating the two-body current contribution to the $\mathrm{pp}$ capture is given. Its inherent model dependence is in fact found to be very weak. The overlap integral ${\Lambda}^{2}\mathrm{}(E=0\mathrm{})\mathrm{}$ for the $\mathrm{pp}$ capture is predicted to be in the range 7.05–7.06, including the axial two-body current contribution, for all interactions considered.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevC.58.1263

- Received 2 April 1998
- Published in the issue dated August 1998

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