We present the equation of state of infinite neutron matter as obtained from highly realistic Hamiltonians that include nucleon-nucleon and three-nucleon coordinate-space potentials. We benchmark three independent many-body methods: Brueckner-Bethe-Goldstone (BBG), Fermi hypernetted chain/single-operator chain (FHNC/SOC), and auxiliary-field diffusion Monte Carlo (AFDMC). We find them to provide similar equations of state when the Argonne v18 and the Argonne v6′ nucleon-nucleon potentials are used in combination with the Urbana IX three-body force. Only at densities larger than about 1.5 the nuclear saturation density (ρ0=0.16fm-3) the FHNC/SOC energies are appreciably lower than the other two approaches. The AFDMC calculations carried out with all of the Norfolk potentials fitted to reproduce the experimental trinucleon ground-state energies and nd doublet scattering length yield unphysically bound neutron matter, associated with the formation of neutron droplets. Including tritium β decay in the fitting procedure, as in the second family of Norfolk potentials, mitigates but does not completely resolve this problem. An excellent agreement between the BBG and AFDMC results is found for the subset of Norfolk interactions that do not make neutron-matter collapse, while the FHNC/SOC equations of state are moderately softer.

Benchmark calculations of infinite neutron matter with realistic two- and three-nucleon potentials

Bombaci I.;Logoteta D.;
2022-01-01

Abstract

We present the equation of state of infinite neutron matter as obtained from highly realistic Hamiltonians that include nucleon-nucleon and three-nucleon coordinate-space potentials. We benchmark three independent many-body methods: Brueckner-Bethe-Goldstone (BBG), Fermi hypernetted chain/single-operator chain (FHNC/SOC), and auxiliary-field diffusion Monte Carlo (AFDMC). We find them to provide similar equations of state when the Argonne v18 and the Argonne v6′ nucleon-nucleon potentials are used in combination with the Urbana IX three-body force. Only at densities larger than about 1.5 the nuclear saturation density (ρ0=0.16fm-3) the FHNC/SOC energies are appreciably lower than the other two approaches. The AFDMC calculations carried out with all of the Norfolk potentials fitted to reproduce the experimental trinucleon ground-state energies and nd doublet scattering length yield unphysically bound neutron matter, associated with the formation of neutron droplets. Including tritium β decay in the fitting procedure, as in the second family of Norfolk potentials, mitigates but does not completely resolve this problem. An excellent agreement between the BBG and AFDMC results is found for the subset of Norfolk interactions that do not make neutron-matter collapse, while the FHNC/SOC equations of state are moderately softer.
2022
Lovato, A.; Bombaci, I.; Logoteta, D.; Piarulli, M.; Wiringa, R. B.
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