Coulomb sum and proton-proton correlations in few-body nuclei

Phys. Rev. Lett. 70, 3856 – Published 21 June 1993
R. Schiavilla, R. B. Wiringa, and J. Carlson


For simple models of the nuclear charge operator, measurements of the Coulomb sum and the charge form factor of a nucleus directly determine the proton-proton correlations. We examine experimental results obtained for few-body nuclei at Bates and Saclay using models of the charge operator that include both one- and two-body terms. Previous analyses using one-body terms only have failed to reproduce the experimental results. However, we find that the same operators which have been used to successfully describe the charge form factors also produce substantial agreement with measurements of the Coulomb sum.


  • Received 9 February 1993
  • Published in the issue dated 21 June 1993

© 1993 The American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

R. Schiavilla

  • Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare-Lecce, I-73100 Lecce, Italy

R. B. Wiringa

  • Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439

J. Carlson

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

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