Nuclear symmetry potential in the relativistic impulse approximation Academic Article uri icon


  • Using the relativistic impulse approximation with the Love-Franey NN scattering amplitude developed by Murdock and Horowitz, we investigate the low-energy (100Ekin400 MeV) behavior of the nucleon Dirac optical potential, the Schrdinger-equivalent potential, and the nuclear symmetry potential in isospin asymmetric nuclear matter. We find that the nuclear symmetry potential at fixed baryon density decreases with increasing nucleon energy. In particular, the nuclear symmetry potential at saturation density changes from positive to negative values at nucleon kinetic energy of about 200 MeV. Furthermore, the obtained energy and density dependence of the nuclear symmetry potential is consistent with those of the isospin- and momentum-dependent MDI interaction with x=0, which has been found to describe reasonably well both the isospin diffusion data from heavy-ion collisions and the empirical neutron-skin thickness of Pb208. 2006 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Physical Review C

author list (cited authors)

  • Li, Z., Chen, L., Ko, C. M., Li, B., & Ma, H.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • Li, Zeng-Hua||Chen, Lie-Wen||Ko, Che Ming||Li, Bao-An||Ma, Hong-Ru

publication date

  • October 2006