5th International Symposium on Nuclear Symmetry Energy NuSYM15, June 29 - July 2, 2015 Kraków, POLAND

Lawrence Weinstein
Old Dominion University Norfolk, UNITED STATES

Short-range correlations in nuclei

L. B. Weinstein (Old Dominion University), Or Hen (Tel Aviv University), and Eli Piasetzky (Tel Aviv University)

Recent advances in the study of the short-range structure of nuclei indicate that about 25% of nucleons in medium to heavy nuclei have momentum greater than the Fermi momentum ($k > k_F$). These high-momentum nucleons are found to be predominantly in short-range correlated proton-neutron pairs, created by the tensor part of the nucleon-nucleon interaction. Since these high momentum nucleons account for a significant fraction of the momentum distribution of nucleons in symmetric nuclear matter but not in pure neutron matter, they are expected to affect the nuclear symmetry energy, and specifically its separation into kinetic and potential terms.

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