A Hartree-Fock nuclear mass formula
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We recall the main features of the recently published mass formula, HFBCS-1, based on the Hartree-Fock-BCS method, and compare its extrapolations out to the neutron drip line with those given by the fine-range droplet model. A new Hartree-Fock-Bogolyubov mass formula, HFB-1, is described: the rms error of the fit to 1888 masses is 0.766 MeV, compared with 0 .738 MeV for HFBCS-1, but there are no substantial changes in the predictions relevant to the r-process. After a critical examination of various questions relating to the effective nucleon mass and to the requirements of the relativistic mean-field theory, we conclude that the greatest remaining ambiguity concerns the nature of the pairing force.
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