We have applied the variational method using explicit energy functionals (EEFs) to energy calculations of infinite nuclear matter. In EEFs, the energy per nucleon is explicitly expressed with spin-isospin-dependent two-body distribution functions, which are regarded as variational functions, and fully minimized energies are conveniently calculated with the EEF. A remarkable feature of this approach is that EEFs guarantee non-negativeness of structure functions. In this study, we extend the EEF variational method so as to consider state- independent three-body forces for neutron matter at finite temperatures following the procedure proposed by Schmidt and Pandharipande. For neutron matter, the free energies obtained with the Argonne v4' two-body potential and the repulsive part of the Urbana IX (UIX) three- body potential are quite reasonable. Furthermore, we improve the EEF of nuclear matter using the two-body central and tensor forces by considering the main three-body cluster terms and guaranteeing non-negativeness of tensor structure functions. In addition, healing distances are introduced for two-body distribution functions so that Mayer's condition is satisfied. The obtained energies per neutron of neutron matter with the Argonne v6' two-body potential and the repulsive part of the UIX potential are in good agreement with those obtained by auxiliary field diffusion Monte Carlo calculations.
|Journal||Journal of Physics: Conference Series|
|Publication status||Published - 2014 Jan 1|
|Event||17th International Conference on Recent Progress in Many-Body Theories, MBT 2013 - Rostock, Germany|
Duration: 2013 Sep 8 → 2013 Sep 13
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)