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1. Introduction

Charge-exchange states are associated with the charge excitation branch and correspond to excited states of isobar nuclei. They are manifested in the corresponding charge-exchange reactions such as ( ν ,e), (p,n), (n,p), ( 3 He,t), (t, 3 He), ( 6 Li, 6 He) and others, or in β -transitions in nuclei. Among these states, collective resonance excitations are of the most interest. The theoretical investigation of these collective states began with the first calculations of the giant Gamow-Teller resonance (GTR) [1] and other collective states [2] long before their experimental studies in charge-exchange reactions [3,4]. These collective states lying below the giant GTR [5] were called “pygmy” resonances (PR).

The most complete experimental studies of the entire spectrum of the charge-exchange excitations for nine tin isotopes 112,114,116,117,118,119,120,122,124 Sn were reported in [6], where the Sn( 3 He,t)Sb charge-exchange reaction at the energy E( 3 He) = 200 MeV was used. The excitation energies (E x ), widths (Γ), and cross sections dσ/dΩ (mb/sr) were measured for the analog, Gamow–Teller, and three pygmy resonances.

2. Method of calculation

Charge-exchange excitations of nuclei are described in the microscopic theory of finite Fermi systems TFFS by the system of equations for the effective field [7]:


(1) where Vpn and Vpnh are the effective fields of quasi-particles and holes in a nucleus; Vpnω – is the external charge-exchange field. The system of secular equations (1) is solved for allowed transitions with the local nucleon-nucleon interaction in the Landau–Migdal form [7]:


(2) with the parameters f0' = 1.35 and g0' = 1.22 as in [8].

The energies of charge-exchange excitations were calculated both in the self-consistent TFFS and in its approximate model variant [5], which allowed obtaining analytical solutions for the most collective states. For energies E GTR and E PR , the solution ω k (k = 0 for GTR and k = 1, 2, 3 for PR1, PR2, and PR3) divided by the average energy E ls of spin–orbit splitting [8] at ΔE > E ls , has the form:


where x = ΔE/E ls , ΔE = (4/3)ε F (N-Z)/A MeV, ε F 40 MeV, a k a · p k ; b k b · p k ;


Thus, all resonance states from GTR (k = 0) to PR3 (k = 3) are described by one formula (3).

3. Results

The energies of five charge-exchange resonances — AR, GTR, PR1, PR2, and PR3 — calculated in the microscopic approach for tin isotopes 112,114,116,117,118,119,120,122,124 Sn are summarized in the Table together with experimental data [6]. As shown in the Table, the standard deviations of the calculated and experimental results for the energies are small: δE < 0.40 MeV. These values are comparable with the experimental errors ΔE exp = ± 0.25 MeV and are better than in other known calculations of high-lying excitations, e.g., in the self-consistent quasiparticle random phase approximation with Skyrme forces [9].

Table 1

Energies (in MeV) of the analog E AR , Gamow–Teller E GTR , and three pygmy resonances E PR according to the TFFS microscopic calculations and the experimental data from [6], as well as the standard deviations δE = ‹E exp E calc › of the calculations from the experimental data.

Nucleus in./final E AR E GTR E PR1 E PR2 E PR3
exp. ± 0.03 calc. exp. ± 0.25 calc. exp. ± 0.25 calc. exp. ± 0.20 calc. exp. ± 0.20 calc.
112 Sn / 112 Sb 114 Sn / 114 Sb 116 Sn / 116 Sb 117 Sn / 117 Sb 118 Sn / 118 Sb 119 Sn / 119 Sb 120 Sn / 120 Sb 122 Sn / 122 Sb 124 Sn / 124 Sb 6.16 7.28 8.36 11.27 9.33 12.36 10.24 11.24 12.19 6.69 6.92 8.47 11.38 9.23 12.48 10.20 11.17 12.05 8.94 9.39 10.04 12.87 10.61 13.71 11.45 12.25 13.25 9.38 9.60 10.36 12.91 10.93 13.77 11.78 12.54 13.59 4.08 4.55 5.04 7.64 5.38 8.09 5.82 6.65 7.13 4.70 4.97 5.23 7.54 5.54 8.27 6.24 6.76 7.16 2.49 2.95 3.18 5.45 3.17 5.49 3.18 3.37 3.44 3.00 2.65 2.68 5.21 3.08 5.57 3.47 3.91 3.06 1.33 1.88 1.84 3.87 1.47 3.63 1.38 1.45 1.50 1.52 1.60 1.75 3.71 1.55 4.07 0.98 1.55 2.17
δE 0.23 0.29 0.31 0.36 0.33
Figure 1

(a) Experimental [6] and (b) calculated data for excitation spectra in 118 Sn( 3 He,t) 118 Sb reaction.Gamow-Teller and three pygmy resonances marked as GT1, GT2, GT3 and GT4 in experiment (a) and GTR, PR1, PR2, and PR3 in calculations (b) are identified.

Figure 2

Difference between the energies of GTR and pygmy resonances PR, lying below it for Sn isotopes from the mass number A according to ( ) – experimental data [6], (( × ) connected by dashed line) the TFFS numerical calculations and lines the calculations by Eg. (3). Digits 1, 2, and 3 mark groups of PR1, PR2, and PR3.


As shown in Figure 1 (a) the experimental data for excitation spectra in 118 Sn( 3 He,t) 118 Sb reaction [6] and (b) calculated charge-exchange strength function – S(E x ) for the 118 Sn isotope, where E x – is the excitation energy. Unfortunately, direct measurements of the strength function S(E x ) have not been performed, but the data on counts shown in Fig. 2a are proportional to the partial data on the function S(E x ).

As shown in Figure 2 the calculated energy differences E GTR E PR between the Gamow–Teller resonance (k = 0 in Eq. (3)) and pygmy resonances (k = 1, 2, 3) as functions of the mass number A. As is seen in Fig. 2, the microscopic calculations for the PR1 pygmy resonance as compared to the experiment give the best accuracy: the corresponding standard deviation is δE = 0.31 MeV (see Table 1) as compared to δE = 0.53 MeV for calculations by Eq. (3). For the PR2 pigmy resonance, the calculation by Eq. (3) with δE = 0.26 MeV is more accurate than the microscopic calculation with δE = 0.36 MeV. The largest discrepancy between the microscopic calculations and experiment is observed for 116 Sn, whereas the calculations by Eq. (3) are within the measurement error equal to ± 0.20 MeV. For the PR3 pygmy resonance, the microscopic calculation with δE = 0.33 MeV is more accurate than the calculation by Eq. (3) with δE = 0.50 MeV. Nevertheless, the calculations by two methods on average satisfactorily describe the experimental data.

4. Conclusion

The first microscopic numerical and semi-classical calculations have been performed for ten tin isotopes with the mass numbers A = 112, 114, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 122, 124, and 126, for which experimental data exist [6]. Charge-exchange resonances: giant Gamow–Teller (GTR), analog (AR) resonances, and the so-called “pygmy” resonances (PR), which are lying below GTR, have been studied in the self-consistent theory of finite Fermi systems (TFFS). Microscopic numerical calculations and semi-classical calculations are presented for nine tin isotopes 112,114,116,117,118,119,120,122,124 Sn. The experimental data is from Sn( 3 He,t)Sb charge-exchange reaction at the energy E( 3 He) = 200 MeV [6]. The Gamow-Teller and analog resonances with the energies – E G and E A , dominate in the strength function of the charge-exchange excitations of atomic nuclei. The calculated energy difference ΔE G-A = E G- E A tends to zero with A in heavy nuclei indicating the restoration of Wigner SU(4)-symmetry [8]. The calculated ΔE G-A values are in good agreement with the experimental data. The average standard r.m.s deviation for GTR and AR energies is δE 0.30 MeV for the nine considered Sn nuclei that is close to the experimental E GTR errors (see Table 1). The comparison of calculations with experimental data on the energies of charge-exchange pygmy resonances gives the standard deviation δE < 0.40 MeV for microscopic numerical calcula-tions and δE < 0.55 MeV for the calculations by semi-classical formulas (3), which are comparable with experimental errors. These calculations are original.

The charge-exchange strength function of the 118 Sn isotope has been calculated also. It has been shown that the calculated resonance energies are close to the experimental values. The calculated and experimental relations between heights of pygmy resonance peaks are also close to each other.


I am grateful to I.N. Borzov, S.S. Gershtein, E.E. Saperstein, V.N. Tikhonov, and S.V. Tolokonnikov for stimulating discussions and assistance in the work. The work is supported by the Russian RFBR grants 16-02-00228, 18-02-00670 and RSF project 16-12-10161.



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