Charge and transition densities for the samarium isotopes by electron scattering

M. A. Moinester*, J. Alster, G. Azuelos, J. B. Bellicard, B. Frois, M. Huet, P. Leconte, Phan Xuan Ho

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We analyzed 251.5 and 401.4 MeV electron scattering data on Sm144,148,150,152. The momentum transfer ranged from 0.6 to 2.5 fm-1. These isotopes span the transition region from the spherical Sm144 to the deformed Sm152. Ground state charge distributions and lowest 2+ state transition charge densities were determined via a phase shift analysis for elastic scattering and distorted-wave Born approximation calculations for inelastic scattering. Our analysis used charge densities described as a sum of spherical Bessel functions over a radius interval from zero to a cutoff of R, with densities zero at larger radii. The fitting for the ground and 2+ states included constraints in the form of measured Barrett moments from muonic experiments and measured B(E2) transition rates from muonic and other experiments. Error bands were determined for the densities including statistical and normalization uncertainties, and model dependent uncertainties associated with contributions from higher terms in the spherical Bessel function form. We find that as neutrons are added from isotope to isotope, the charge is displaced from the region of 4.0 fm to the region of 7.5 fm. The rms radii of Sm144,148,150,152 were deduced with uncertainties of about 0.006 to 0.009 fm. [NUCLEAR REACTIONS Sm144,148,150,152(e,e) analysis. Determination of charge and transition densities via Fourier-Bessel analysis.]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-88
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1981


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