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Hadrons and Nuclei

Eur. Phys. J. A 11, 39-45 (2001)

Muon capture on neutron-rich nuclei

E. Kolbe1, K. Langanke2 and K. Riisager2

1  Physics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6373, USA
2  Institute for Physics and Astronomy, University of Aarhus, DK-8000 Aarhus, Denmark


(Received: 6 April 2001 / Revised version: 8 May 2001 Communicated by J. Äystö)

Future facilities will allow the exploration of extremely neutron-rich nuclei far from the valley of stability. It is discussed that the strong-neutron excess results in changes in the collective excitations of such nuclei compared to conventional stable nuclei. We propose muon capture as an experimental tool to explore such changes. We will quantify our discussion by the calculation of the total and differential muon capture rates on selected calcium isotopes between 40Ca and 60Ca. Our calculations are based on the random phase approximation and agree nicely with the measured rates for 40Ca and 44Ca.

24.30.Cz - Giant resonances.
23.40.-s - Beta decay; double beta decay; electron and muon capture.
23.40.Hc - Relation with nuclear matrix elements and nuclear structure.

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