Microscopic cross sections: An utopia?
1 CEA, DAM, DIF, 91297 Arpajon, France
2 Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group, PO Box 25, 1755 ZG Petten, The Netherlands
3 Institut d’Astronomie et d’Astrophysique, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Campus de la Plaine, CP 226, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
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The increasing need for cross sections far from the valley of stability poses a challenge for nuclear reaction models. So far, predictions of cross sections have relied on more or less phenomenological approaches, depending on parameters adjusted to available experimental data or deduced from systematical relations. While such predictions are expected to be reliable for nuclei not too far from the experimentally known regions, it is clearly preferable to use more fundamental approaches, based on sound physical bases, when dealing with very exotic nuclei. Thanks to the high computer power available today, all major ingredients required to model a nuclear reaction can now be (and have been) microscopically (or semi-microscopically) determined starting from the information provided by a nucleon-nucleon effective interaction. We have implemented all these microscopic ingredients in the TALYS nuclear reaction code, and we are now almost able to perform fully microscopic cross section calculations. The quality of these ingredients and the impact of using them instead of the usually adopted phenomenological parameters will be discussed.
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