From deuterons to neutron stars: variations in nuclear many-body theory

Rev. Mod. Phys. 65, 231 – Published 1 January 1993
R. B. Wiringa


A major goal in nuclear physics is to understand the stability, structure, and reactions of nuclei as a consequence of the interactions between individual nucleons. This colloquium describes one attempt to build a consistent picture of nuclear systems ranging in size from deuterons to neutron stars. The main ingredients are a nonrelativistic Hamiltonian containing two- and three-nucleon interactions, and correlated variational wave functions as approximate solutions of the many-body Schrödinger equation. A model that fits both two-body scattering data and nuclear masses will provide the best theoretical input for neutron star properties.


© 1993 The American Physical Society

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R. B. Wiringa

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

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