Probing for Dirac vacuum structure in nuclei

N. Auerbach*, Alfred S. Goldhaber, Mikkel B. Johnson, L. Dudley Miller, A. Picklesimer

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Recent Dirac-equation analyses of nucleon-nucleus interactions indicate weak dependence of the effective potentials on nucleon energy, and suggest that associated with any large nucleus is an "island" of ≈ 103 discrete negative-energy nucleon bound states. Experimental searches for this structure would be a critical test of the Dirac-equation picture. Possible experiments as well as open theoretical issues are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-225
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 25 Dec 1986
Externally publishedYes


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