Nuclear Theory Seminar
Speaker: Kevin Fossez, NSCL/FRIB at MSU
Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2018, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: NSCL/FRIB Lecture Hall 1200
We demonstrate that the intricate energy spectrum of neutron-rich helium isotopes can be straightforwardly described by taking advantage of the low-energy properties of neutron-neutron interaction and the scale separation that is present in diluted dripline systems. By using arguments based on the halo effective field theory, we carry out a parameter reduction of the complex-energy configuration interaction framework in the spd space, including resonant and scattering states. By constraining the core potential to alpha-n scattering phase-shifts and adjusting the strength of the spin-singlet central neutron-neutron interaction, we reproduce experimental energies and widths of 5-8He within tens of keV precision. We predict a parity inversion of narrow resonances in 9He and show that the ground state of 10He is an s-wave-dominated configuration that could decay through two-neutron emission. This threshold state can be viewed as a “double-halo” structure in an analogy to the atomic 3He(4He)2 trimer.