Dipole polarizability of Sn-120 and nuclear energy density functionals

Hashimoto T., KRUMBHOLZ A. M. , REINHARD P. -. , Tamii A., VON NEUMANN-COSEL P., Adachi T., ...More

PHYSICAL REVIEW C, vol.92, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 92 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1103/physrevc.92.031305
  • Title of Journal : PHYSICAL REVIEW C


The electric dipole strength distribution in Sn-120 between 5 and 22 MeV has been determined at the Research Center for Nuclear Physics, Osaka, from polarization transfer observables measured in proton inelastic scattering at E-0 = 295 MeV and forward angles including 0 degrees. Combined with photoabsorption data, a highly precise electric dipole polarizability alpha(D)(Sn-120) = 8.93(36) fm(3) is extracted. The dipole polarizability as isovector observable par excellence carries direct information on nuclear symmetry energy and its density dependence. The correlation of the new value with the well-established alpha(D)(Pb-208) serves as a test of its prediction by nuclear energy density functionals. Models based on modern Skyrme interactions describe the data fairly well while most calculations based on relativistic Hamiltonians cannot.