Regular Article - Theoretical Physics
Coupled-channel treatment of LiLi in effective field theory
Instituto de Física, Universidade de São Paulo, R. do Matão Nr. 1371, 05508-090, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
2 Department of Physics & Astronomy, and HPC ² Center for Computational Sciences, Mississippi State University, 39762, Mississippi State, MS, USA
Accepted: 4 June 2021
Published online: 6 September 2021
The E1 contribution to the capture reaction is calculated at low energies. We employ a coupled-channel formalism to account for the excited core contribution. We develop a halo effective field theory power counting where capture in the spin channel is enhanced over the channel. A next-to-leading order calculation is presented where the excited core contribution is shown to affect only the overall normalization of the cross section. The momentum dependence of the capture cross section, as a consequence, is the same in a theory with or without the excited degree of freedom at this order of the calculation. The kinematical signature of the core is negligible at momenta below 1 MeV and significant only beyond the resonance energy, though still compatible with a next-to-next-to-leading order correction. We compare our formalism with a previous halo effective field theory calculation [Zhang et al., Phys. Rev. C 89, 024613 (2014)] that also treated the core as an explicit degree of freedom. Our formal expressions and analysis disagree with this earlier work in several aspects.
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