Physics & Astronomy Colloquium: Prof. Maria Piarulli, Washington University


Location: 127 Nieuwland Science Hall (View on map )

The importance of many-body nuclear effects in light nuclei

Prof. Maria Piarulli
Department of Physics
Washington University, St. Louis

A major goal of nuclear theory is to explain the wealth of data and peculiarities exhibited by nuclear systems in a fully microscopic approach. In such an approach, which we refer to as the basic model of nuclear theory, the nucleons interact with each other via many-body (primarily, two- and three-body) effective interactions, and with external electroweak probes via effective currents describing the coupling of these probes to individual nucleons and many-body clusters of them. These effective interactions and currents are the main inputs to ab-initio methods that are aimed at solving the many-body Schr ̈odinger equation associated with the nuclear system under consideration. In this talk, I will discuss recent advances in Quantum Monte Carlo calculations of low-lying spectra and electroweak properties of light nuclei. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of many-body nuclear effects in nuclear systems.

Hosted by Prof. Brodeur