Regular Article - Theoretical Physics
Nucleon-induced inelastic scattering with statistical strength functions and the ECIS direct reaction code
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 94550, Livermore, CA, USA
2 Depto. de Física, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, 12228-900, São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil
Accepted: 22 May 2021
Published online: 29 June 2021
Modern theoretical descriptions of inelastic scattering make use of multi-step direct reaction approaches together with transition potentials obtained from sophisticated nuclear structure models. Here we demonstrate how the complexity of such calculations can be reduced to permit simpler ones, also using the ECIS code, but providing an almost equally precise alternative to a much more detailed calculation. We have studied the transition form factors within the random phase approximation (RPA), where these are obtained as linear combinations of particle–hole states. At moderate to high excitation energies, where interference effects tend to disappear, we have proposed an independent particle–hole formalism in which particle–hole states are spread in energy with an appropriate strength function obtained from the RPA. The effects of more complex modes, such as 2p–2h ones, are simulated with widths calculated in a semi-classical context. Here, we verify the validity of our approximations for pre-equilibrium proton-induced reactions on Zr target. Our calculations provide a good description of the reaction data and point toward a simplification of the description of nucleon-induced reactions based on averages of microscopic details of the projectile–target interaction.
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