T-2, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology

Recent progress on the covariant density functional theory for nuclear spectroscopy

Pengwei Zhao

The development of worldwide rare isotope beam facilities has brought many new insights in nuclear physics. In particular, the nuclear spectroscopic properties, which reveal rich structure information of atomic nuclei, has acquired great interests over the years for the challenges and implications it involves. Theoretically, covariant density functional theory (CDFT) has achieved great success in describing many nuclear phenomena over the past several decades. In this talk, I will highlight recent progress in improving and extending the nuclear CDFT, which are motivated by experimental results on both nuclear ground and excited states. We developed a new covariant functional PC-PK1, which considerably improves the isospin dependence of nuclear properties, and is more reliable for the description of neutron-rich nuclei. We also extended CDFT for nuclear spectroscopic properties within the tilted-axis-cranking approach. It has provided successful description of novel rotation and exotic shape for nuclei towards high isospin and spin. Finally, I will also introduce the very recent progress on a new method to calculate spectroscopic properties of deformed nuclei: configuration interaction on top of projected density functional theory (CI-PDFT).


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