Combinatorial level densities from a relativistic structure model

R. Pezer, A. Ventura, D. Vretenar

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A new model for calculating nuclear level denities is investigated. The single-nucleon spectra are calculated in a relativistic mean-field model with energy-dependent effective mass, which yields a realistic density of single-particle states at the Fermi energy. These microscopic single-nucleon states are used in a fast combinatorial algorithm for calculating the non-collective excitations of nuclei. The method, when applied to magic and semi-magic nuclei, such as60Ni,114Sn and208Pb, reproduces the cumulative number of experimental states at low excitation energy, as well the s-wave neutron resonance spacing at the neutron binding energy. Experimental level densities above 10 MeV are reproduced by multiplying the non-collective level densities by a simple vibrational enhancement factor. Problems to be solved in the extension to open-shell nuclei are discussed. © 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21 - 43
Number of pages23
JournalNuclear Physics A
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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