Electric dipole polarizability in 208Pb: Insights from the droplet model

Roca-Maza, X. and Brenna, M. and Colo, G. and Centelles, M. and Vinas, X. and Agrawal, B. K. and Paar, Nils and Vretenar, Dario and Piekarewicz, J. (2013) Electric dipole polarizability in 208Pb: Insights from the droplet model. Physical Review C, 88 (2). pp. 24316-7. ISSN 0556-2813

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We study the electric dipole polarizability αD in 208Pb based on the predictions of a large and representative set of relativistic and nonrelativistic nuclear mean-field models. We adopt the droplet model as a guide to better understand the correlations between αD and other isovector observables. Insights from the droplet model suggest that the product of αD and the nuclear symmetry energy at saturation density J is much better correlated with the neutron skin thickness Δrnp of 208Pb than the polarizability alone. Correlations of αDJ with Δrnp and with the symmetry energy slope parameter L suggest that αDJ is a strong isovector indicator. Hence, we explore the possibility of constraining the isovector sector of the nuclear energy density functional by comparing our theoretical predictions against measurements of both αD and the parity-violating asymmetry in 208Pb. We find that the recent experimental determination of αD in 208Pb in combination with the range for the symmetry energy at saturation density J=[31±(2)est] MeV suggests Δrnp(208Pb)=0.165±(0.009)expt±(0.013)theor±(0.021)est fm and L=43±(6)expt±(8)theor±(12)est MeV.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: electric dipole polarizability, liquid drop model, symmetry energy
Date: August 2013
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Physics > Nuclear Physics
Additional Information: Copyright (2013) by the American Physical Society.
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Physics
Project code: 119-1191005-1010
Publisher: American Physical Society
Depositing User: Gordana Stubičan Ladešić
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2014 12:42
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 15:22
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/2189

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