Energies of the ground state and first excited 0+ state in an exactly solvable pairing model
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Several approximations are tested by calculating the ground-state energy and the energy of the first excited 0+ state using an exactly solvable model with two symmetric levels interacting via a pairing force. They are the BCS approximation (BCS), Lipkin-Nogami (LN) method, random-phase approximation (RPA), quasiparticle RPA (QRPA), the renormalized RPA (RRPA), and renormalized QRPA (RQRPA). It is shown that, in the strong-coupling regime, the QRPA which neglects the scattering term of the model Hamiltonian offers the best fit to the exact solutions. A recipe is proposed using the RRPA and RQRPA in combination with the pairing gap given by the LN method. Applying this recipe, it is shown that the superfluid-normal phase transition is avoided, and a reasonably good description for both of the ground-state energy and the energy of the first excited 0+ state is achieved.
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