31 July 2018 to 6 August 2018
Maynooth University
Europe/Dublin timezone

Stiff Equation of State of Neutron Matter from Thick Isovector Aura

5 Aug 2018, 17:50
Hall D (Arts Bldg.)

Hall D

Arts Bldg.

Talk F: Nuclear and Astroparticle Physics Nuclear and Astroparticle Physics


Pawel Danielewicz


On account of symmetry energy dropping with density, nuclear isovector density extends farther out than the isoscalar density, leading to an isovector aura surrounding a nucleus. The faster the drop of the symmetry energy and energy of neutron matter with density, the thicker the aura. The width and sharpness of the aura can be assessed by simultaneously analyzing elastic scattering and quasielastic charge-exchange data off the same target, with the two, respectively, testing primarily isoscalar and isovector densities. In the past (P. Danielewicz et al., Nucl. Phys. 958, 147 (2017)) we analyzed unpolarized nucleon elastic and quasielastic cross sections on $^{48}$Ca, $^{90}$Zr, $^{120}$Ca and $^{208}$Pb. We now augment the analyzed set with two more targets, $^{92}$Zr and $^{94}$Zr, and expand the data to include vector analyzing powers. The results consistently point to large widths, ~1fm, of the isovector aura, now for 6 nuclei. Such an aura implies stiff symmetry energy, with a slope parameter L>70MeV, and stiff energy of neutron matter. The neutron skins may be viewed as nucleus-dependent reflections of the aura.

Primary author


Mr Yannick Cianyi (African Institute for Mathematical Sciences)

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