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Clustering in Light Nuclei; from the Stable to the Exotic

  • Martin FreerEmail author
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 879)

Abstract

One of the greatest challenges in nuclear science is the understanding of the structure of light nuclei both from an experimental and theoretical perspective. The theoretical frontier involves developing models that possess interactions that are either grown from QCD or a detailed understanding of the nucleon-nucleon interaction—ab initio or ab initio motivated approaches. Experimentally it is known that the structure of light nuclei is dominated by correlations and clusters. It is the intention of this review to unpick the present understanding the factors behind the emergence of clustering and the experimental evidence base. A range of models from the basic to the sophisticated, from harmonic oscillator to Chiral Effective Field theory are explored and key systems in which clustering plays a driving role are examined—most notably 12C. The evolution of clustering from stability to the drip-lines is described.

Keywords

Light Nucleus Rotational Band Resonant Scattering Valence Neutron Hoyle State 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Notes

Acknowledgements

The author would like to acknowledge his many colleagues who have worked on the development of both experimental and theoretical ideas contained in this review.

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  1. 1.School of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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