The evolution of collectivity in nuclei and the proton-neutron interaction

Casten R. F., Cakirli R. B.

PHYSICA SCRIPTA, vol.91, no.3, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 91 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1088/0031-8949/91/3/033004
  • Journal Name: PHYSICA SCRIPTA
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


We survey the evolution of nuclear structure with N and Z, focusing on collective behavior and its relation to the underlying single particle configurations, and their interactions. We exploit a number of complementary observables, from multiple perspectives, and interpret the observed behavior in terms of simple models. The paper includes a discussion of key observables, how to evaluate theories, and some of the dangers of statistical tests. We conclude with a discussion of schemes to predict the properties of unknown nuclei, founded on the importance of valence proton-neutron interactions, and correlate empirical values for these interactions with the onset of collectivity and deformation.