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Physics Colloquium – Caroline Robin
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Title: Description of Atomic Nuclei Within Relativistic Nuclear Field Theory
Atomic nuclei are among the most complex quantum many-body systems, with deeply intertwined single-particle and collective degrees of freedom. Despite the tremendous progress made towards a microscopic description of nuclear structure, providing a universal, predictive and precise description of all nuclei remains a great challenge.
The nuclear structure method which I will present describes the nucleus as a system of relativistic nucleons interacting via effective meson exchange. Starting from a mean-field approximation, this approach applies nuclear field theory in order to account for inter-nucleon correlations emerging from the coupling between single particles and collective vibrations of the nucleus. Such a framework thus allows a connection between the nuclear scales and can provide a consistent description of ground and excited states in a wide range of nuclei.