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Advances in High Energy Physics
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 5841701, 5 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/5841701
Research Article

Mirror Nuclei of 17O and 17F in Relativistic and Nonrelativistic Shell Model

Physics Department, Shahrood University of Technology, P.O. Box 3619995161-316, Shahrood, Iran

Correspondence should be addressed to M. R. Shojaei

Received 16 August 2016; Accepted 13 December 2016; Published 14 February 2017

Academic Editor: Ming Liu

Copyright © 2017 M. Mousavi and M. R. Shojaei. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The publication of this article was funded by SCOAP3.

Abstract

We have investigated energy levels mirror nuclei of the 17O and 17F in relativistic and nonrelativistic shell model. The nuclei 17O and 17F can be modeled as a doubly magic 17O = n + (N = Z = 8) and 17F = p + (N = Z = 8), with one additional nucleon (valence) in the ld5/2 level. Then we have selected the quadratic Hellmann potential for interaction between core and single nucleon. Using Parametric Nikiforov-Uvarov method, we have calculated the energy levels and wave function in Dirac and Schrodinger equations for relativistic and nonrelativistic, respectively. Finally, we have computed the binding and excited energy levels for mirror nuclei of 17O and 17F and compare with other works. Our results were in agreement with experimental values and hence this model could be applied for similar nuclei.

1. Introduction

Special interest resides in the study of masses and sizes for a given element along isotopic chains. Experimentally, their determination is increasingly difficult as one approaches the neutron drip-line; as of today, the heaviest element with available data on all existing bound isotopes is oxygen (Z = 8) [1]. Theoretically, the link between nuclear properties and internucleon forces can be explored for different values of N/Z and binding regimes, thus critically testing both our knowledge of nuclear forces and many-body theories [2]. The way shell closures and single-particle energies evolve as functions of the number of nucleons is presently one of the greatest challenges to our understanding of the basic features of nuclei. The properties of single particle energies and states with a strong quasi-particle content along an isotopic chain are moreover expected to be strongly influenced by the nuclear spin-orbit force [3].

The best evidence for single-particle behavior is found near magic (also called closed-shell) nuclei, where the number of protons or neutrons in a nucleus fills the last shell before a major or minor shell gap. For example, the nuclei 17O and 17F can be modeled as a doubly magic 17O = n + (N = Z = 8) and 17F = p + (N = Z = 8), with one additional (valence) nucleon in the ld5/2 level. The ground state spin and parity of 17O and 17F are = 5/2+, which corresponds to the spin and parity of the level where the valence nucleon resides [4]. The study of relativistic effects is always useful in some quantum mechanical systems. Therefore, The Dirac equation, which describes the motion of a spin-1/2 particle, has been used in solving many problems of nuclear and high-energy physics. The spin and the pseudo-spin symmetries of the Dirac Hamiltonian were discovered many years ago; however, these symmetries have recently been recognized empirically in nuclear and hadronic spectroscopes [57].

In this work we use relativistic and nonrelativistic shell model for calculation of the energy levels for 17O and 17F isotope. Since these isotopes have one nucleon out of the core, Dirac and Schrodinger equations are utilized to investigation them in relativistic and nonrelativistic shell model, respectively. These isotopes could be considered as a single particle. We apply the modified Hellmann potential [8, 9] between the core and a single particle because these potentials are important nuclear potentials for a description of the interaction between single nucleon and whole nuclei. Now that the N-N potential is selected; the next step is a solution of the Dirac and Schrodinger equation for the nuclei under investigation. We use the Parametric Nikiforov-Uvarov (PNU) method [10, 11] to solve them.

The scheme of paper is as follows: in Sections 2 and 3, energy spectrum in relativistic and nonrelativistic shell model is presented, respectively. Discussion and results are given in Section 4.

2. Energy Spectrum in Relativistic Shell Model

In the relativistic description, the Dirac equation of a single nucleon with the mass moving in an attractive scalar potential and a repulsive vector potential can be written as [17]where is the relativistic energy, is the mass of a single particle, and α and β are the Dirac matrices.

The wave functions can be classified according to their angular momentum and spin-orbit quantum number as follows:where and are upper and lower components and and are the spherical harmonic functions. is the radial quantum number and is the projection of the angular momentum on the -axis.

Under the condition of the spin symmetry, that is, and , the upper component Dirac equation could be written as [18]The quadratic Hellmann potential is defined as [19, 20]where the parameters a and b are real parameters, these are strength parameters, and the parameter α is related to the range of the potential.

Using the transformation , (3) brings into the formEquation (5) is exactly solvable only for the case of . In order to obtain the analytical solutions of (5), we employ the improved Pekeris approximation [21] that is valid for . The main characteristic of these solutions lies in the substitution of the centrifugal term by an approximation, so that one can obtain an equation, normally hypergeometric, which is solvable [18, 22].Also this approximation in reverse order could be used.

We can write (5) by using improved Pekeris approximation as summarized below:where the parameters , , and are considered as follows:Applying PNU method, we obtain the energy equation (with referring to [23, 24]) asWith substituting (8) in (9) the energy equation isLet us find the corresponding wave functions. In referring to PNU method in [25, 26], we can obtain the upper wave functionwhere is the normalization constant; on the other hand, the lower component of the Dirac spinor can be calculated from (11) asAnd wave function for Dirac equation can be calculated from (2) as follows:where is the normalization constant.

3. Energy Spectrum in Nonrelativistic Shell Model

The radial Schrodinger equation in spherical coordinates is given as [27, 28]By substituting quadratic Hellmann potential in (14) the radial Schrodinger equation is reduced as follows:Since the Schrodinger equation with the above potential has no analytical solution for states, an approximation has to be made. Using improved Pekeris approximation [18, 22] that is presented in the previous section, (15) is as follows:where the parameters , , and are considered as follows:Applying PNU method, we obtain the energy equation (with referring to [23, 24]) as follows:Substituting (17) in (18) the energy equation isAnd radial wave function for Schrodinger equation can be calculated with referring to PNU method in [23, 24] as follows:where is the normalization constant.

4. Result and Discussion

We consider mirror nuclei 17O and 17F isotopes with a single nucleon on top of the 16O and 16F isotopes core. Since these isotopes have one nucleon out of the core, these isotopes could be considered as single particle model in relativistic and nonrelativistic shell model. Relativistic mean field (RMF) theory, as a covariant density functional theory, has been successfully applied to the study of nuclear structure properties [29]. In the relativistic mean field theory, repulsive and attractive effects at the same time have been combined, via vector and scalar potentials; also it involves the antiparticle solutions and spin-orbit interaction [30]. So we could use of Dirac equation for investigation them.

The ground state and first excited energies of mirror nuclei 17O and 17F isotopes are obtained in relativistic and nonrelativistic shell model by using (10) and (19), respectively. These results for relativistic and nonrelativistic shell model are compared with the experimental data and others work in Table 1.

Table 1: The ground state and the first excited energy of 17F and 17O isotopes in nonrelativistic and relativistic (with  fm−1).

The difference between excited state energies and ground state energies of mirror nuclei 17O and 17F isotopes for relativistic and nonrelativistic shell model is compared with the experimental data and others work in Table 2.

Table 2: Comparison of the energies of excited states of 17O and 17F, relative to the ground state energies (the state of 17O and 17F): all entries are in MeV.

The calculated energy levels have good agreement with experimental values. Therefore, the proposed model can well be used to investigate other similar isotopes and compare with experimental data.

Competing Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

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