KVI-scientists Nasser Kalantar and Johan Messchendorp have recently published a review article in the high-impact journal Reports on Progress in Physics, with the title “Signatures of three-nucleon interactions in few-nucleon systems”. The article has been published together with scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich and Ruhr University Bochum (both Germany). A picture of the detection system at KVI made it to the cover of the journal. The article provides an extensive theoretical and experimental overview of the present understanding of three-nucleon forces and its implications in the field of nuclear physics.
The nature of the forces that bind nucleons to form nuclei has been a central question in the field of nuclear and hadron physics. Over the past decades, major theoretical and experimental new insights have been obtained in this field. They have given a precise phenomenological understanding of the forces connected to the underlying fundamental theory of Quantum Chromo-Dynamics (QCD). Of particular interest is the search for and understanding of interactions that involve the presence of three nucleons, the so-called three-nucleon force.
N. Kalantar-Nayestanaki, E. Epelbaum, J.G. Messchendorp and A. Nogga
Signatures of three-nucleon interactions in few-nucleon systems
Reports on Progress in Physics 75, 016301 (2012)
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