2023 Impact factor 2.6
Hadrons and Nuclei
Eur. Phys. J. A 15, 115-120 (2002)
DOI: 10.1140/epja/i2001-10237-5

Structure and reactions of halo nuclei: An entangled approach

J.S. Al-Khalili

Department of Physics, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, UK


(Received: 21 March 2002 / Published online: 31 October 2002)

Halo nuclei are characterised by their weak binding, large spatial extent and hence a quite pronounced, yet highly correlated, few-body structure. This is typically in terms of a well-defined core plus one or more valence nucleons. Over the past decade the properties of halo nuclei have been studied theoretically using a range of reaction models, many of which having served us well for half a century or more in the study of less exotic, "mean-field", nuclei. However, it is now clear that for many reactions with halo nuclei, it is not appropriate to disentangle (factorise out) the structure information from the reaction information. That is, the few-body nature of these systems requires few-body reaction models in which the nuclear structure and reaction mechanisms are necessarily entangled. This talk will briefly review the physical assumptions made by various reaction models, and point to areas where progress is being made to extend their range of applicability in order to provide further insights into halo structure.

21.45.+v - Few-body systems.
24.10.-i - Nuclear reaction models and methods.
24.50.+g - Direct reactions.
25.10.+s - Nuclear reactions involving few-nucleon systems.

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