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Title: Fundamental Physics with Electroweak Probes of Nuclei

Abstract

The past decade has witnessed tremendous progress in the theoretical and computational tools that produce our understanding of nuclei. A number of microscopic calculations of nuclear electroweak structure and reactions have successfully explained the available experimental data, yielding a complex picture of the way nuclei interact with electroweak probes. This achievement is of great interest from the pure nuclear-physics point of view. But it is of much broader interest too, because the level of accuracy and confidence reached by these calculations opens up the concrete possibility of using nuclei to address open questions in other sub-fields of physics, such as, understanding the fundamental properties of neutrinos, or the particle nature of dark matter. In this talk, I will review recent progress in microscopic calculations of electroweak properties of light nuclei, including electromagnetic moments, form factors and transitions in between lowlying nuclear states along with preliminary studies for single- and double-beta decay rates. As a result, I will illustrate the key dynamical features required to explain the available experimental data, and, if time permits, present a novel framework to calculate neutrino-nucleus cross sections for A > 12 nuclei.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Nuclear Physics (NP)
OSTI Identifier:
1484637
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-17-29533
Journal ID: ISSN 1742-6588
Grant/Contract Number:  
89233218CNA000001
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Physics. Conference Series
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 966; Conference: 12th International Spring Seminar on Nuclear Physics “Current Problems and Prospects for Nuclear Structure”, Sant Angelo D (Italy), 15 May 2017; Journal ID: ISSN 1742-6588
Publisher:
IOP Publishing
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; Atomic and Nuclear Physics

Citation Formats

Pastore, Saori. Fundamental Physics with Electroweak Probes of Nuclei. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1088/1742-6596/966/1/012055.
Pastore, Saori. Fundamental Physics with Electroweak Probes of Nuclei. United States. https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/966/1/012055
Pastore, Saori. Thu . "Fundamental Physics with Electroweak Probes of Nuclei". United States. https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/966/1/012055. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1484637.
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