Nuclear symmetry energy and the neutron skin in neutron-rich nuclei

A.E.L. Dieperink, Y. Dewulf, D. Van Neck, M. Waroquier, V. Rodin
Physical Review C
68(6), 064307


The symmetry energy for nuclear matter and its relation to the neutron skin in finite nuclei is discussed. The symmetry energy as a function of density obtained in a self-consistent Green function approach is presented and compared to the results of other recent theoretical approaches. A partial explanation of the linear relation between the symmetry energy and the neutron skin is proposed. The potential of several experimental methods to extract the neutron skin is examined.