Cluster structures, ellipsoidal shapes and nuclear molecules in light A = 12-50 nuclei
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Mississippi State University, Mississippi 39762, USA
2 Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan
* e-mail: Anatoli.Afanasjev@gmail.com
Published online: 14 November 2018
The transition from cluster structures to extremely elongated ellipsoidal shapes and nuclear molecules in light A=12-50 (N~Z) nuclei has been studied within the framework of covariant density functional theory. Nodal structure of the occupied single-particle states plays a critical role in microscopic understanding of this transition. This is illustrated by the analysis of dominant types of single-particle density distributions and their evolution (from the bottom of nucleonic potential) with deformation and particle number. The microscopic mechanism of the transition from clustered structures to ellipsoidal shapes and nuclear molecules and between them is discussed.
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