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## Nuclear Moments Nuclear Moments

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EM moments EM moments
Electric charge E field
Electric current B field
Single charge
Monopole or Zeroth moment
Dipole (First moment)
Quadrupole (Second moment)
2
1
r
E
3
1
r
E
4
1
r
E
+
+
+ + 2
etc
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EM moments EM moments
Similar for Magnetism (except for the
monopole)
A spherical charge distribution an
electric monopole
A non-spherical charge distribution
an electric quadrupole
A circular current loop a magnetic
dipole

i
an Axial Vector
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Symmetry restrictions Symmetry restrictions
Parity operator
Parity of moments =
L = 0 Monopole
L = 1 Dipole
L = 2 Quadrupole
L = 3 Octupole
etc
r r
r r

( )
( )

+
Mag
Elec
L
L
1
1
1
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Symmetry restrictions Symmetry restrictions
All odd-parity multipole
moments must vanish !!
E1 (dipole), M2 (quadrupole),
E3 (octupole) ..
<Moment> =

dv Op
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Electric Quadrupole Electric Quadrupole
The operator
is a measure of the deviation from
spherical symmetry.
Spherical charge distribution
Planar charge distribution
( )
2 2
3 r z
0
2
3
1
2 2 2
=
= = =
Q
r z y x
2 2
0 r Q z = =
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Electric Quadrupole Electric Quadrupole
QM
Spherical
Planar
Units of Q = m
2
1 barn (b) = 10
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m
2
( ) d r z e eQ

=
2 2
3
0 = Q
2
r Q =
0 < Q 0 > Q
Prolate Oblate
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Electric Quadrupole Electric Quadrupole
0
0
2
1
=
)
`

=
=
Q
I
I
Nuclear energy states with
can be split by the action of electric
field gradients.
NQR, Mssbauer
Wigner-Eckart theorem
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Lu has Q = +8.0 b
0 Q
( ) ( )
2 2 2 2

3 3 I I r z
z

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Electric Quadrupole Electric Quadrupole
e.g.
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Fe Mssbauer Effect
0
2
3
= Q I
0
2
1
= = Q I
gamma
If the nucleus is in an electric field gradient, the
first excited state splits
4 1 2
2
3
= + = I I
Degeneracy of excited state
2
1
2
3
& = =
z z
I I
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Nuclear Models Nuclear Models
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Nuclear models Nuclear models
Try to model the behaviour of the
nucleus
What kind of potential do the nucleons
feel ?
Can we reproduce/predict the important
nuclear parameters such as:
Nuclear spin
Nuclear magnetic moments
Nuclear quadrupole moments
Magic numbers
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Liquid Liquid- -drop model drop model
Constant density
B/A ~ constant (except for low-A)
cf heat of vaporization /mass ~
constant for liquids
Oldest and most classical model
Semi-empirical mass formula
Theory now gives a good account of
the volume term
Pairing term suggests some sort of
shell or energy level model
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Liquid Liquid- -drop model drop model
Gives a good account of the average
behaviour of nuclei
Some nuclei are unusually stable
MAGIC NUMBERS MAGIC NUMBERS (particular values
of Z and/or N)
2 8 20 28 50 82 126 (n)
All EVEN
cf inert ATOMS He, Ne, Kr, Ar etc
closed electron-shells
Segr chart Z = 20 has 6 stable
isotopes whereas local average ~ 2
Z = 50 has 10 stable isotopes whereas
local average ~ 4
Most of the known spontaneous neutron
emitters have N = Magic + 1 14
Binding energy Binding energy
53 Even Odd Odd
57 Odd Even Odd
8 Odd Odd Even
166 Even Even Even
# stable
nuclei
Z N A
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Liquid Liquid- -Drop model Drop model
Semi-empirical mass formula
(von Weiszcker 1935)
Treat nucleus as a dense,
incompressible, spherical liquid drop.
( ) MeV
A
B
Krane 3.16
A
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Volume term Volume term
For
. Const
A
B

30 A
A a B
A R Vol
V V
=

3
~ 8 MeV
A nucleon attracts its closest neighbours
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Surface term Surface term
A nucleon near the surface has fewer
neighbours
As A , the surface area so the number
of surface nucleons
Need to reduce Binding Energy
3
2
3
2
2
A a B
A R Area
S S
=

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Coulomb repulsion term Coulomb repulsion term
Proton-proton repulsion makes nucleons
less tightly bound.
Long-distance Coulomb repulsion
Need to reduce Binding Energy
Z protons : how many pp pairs ?
( )
3
1
3
1
1
1
A
Z Z
a B
A
R
energy Coulomb
C C

=

( )
( ) 2 / 1
! 2 ! 2
!
=

Z Z
Z
Z
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Symmetry term Symmetry term
Light, stable nuclei tend to have
Z ~ N ~ A/2.
As A there is more pp Coulomb
repulsion so N > Z
( )
A
Z A
a B
Sym Sym
2
2
=
Reduces the effect as A
Imbalance between N and Z
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Pairing term Pairing term
EvenEven nuclei are particularly stable
Z = even & N = even.
OddOdd nuclei tend to be unstable
[Later: Shell Model]
=
pair
B
Even Even +
Odd Odd
Even Odd 0
4
3
4
3

A a B
A B
pair pair
pair
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Energy terms Energy terms
Best fit to experimental Binding Energy
curve yields
MeV a
MeV a
MeV a
MeV a
MeV a
pair
Sym
C
S
V
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23
72 . 0
8 . 16
5 . 15
=
=
=
=
=
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Pairing term Pairing term
We can see the effect of the pairing term
in the Mass Parabolas
Krane 3.18
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Nuclear Models Nuclear Models
Nuclear charge density is approx
constant (from scattering experiments)
( )
( ) [ ] b a r
r
o
/ exp 1 +
=

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Fermi Fermi- -gas model gas model
Analogous to the free-conduction-
electron gas model of metals
Each nucleon moves in an attractive
NET potential (average of all
interactions with neighbouring
nucleons)
3D finite square-well
( )
( ) [ ] b a r
r
o
/ exp 1 +
=

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Fermi Fermi- -gas model gas model
( )
MeV J E
R r
A
V
N
n
n
m
E
F
o
F
53 10 5 . 8
4
3
3
2
12
3 3
3
4
2
2
3
2
= =
= = =
=

h
r
V
o
~ 60 MeV
E
F
B.E.
~7 MeV
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Fermi Fermi- -gas model gas model
n p
often use a composite diagram
n p
Z = N = 3; A = 6
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Fermi Fermi- -gas model gas model
The proton energy levels are slightly
higher than those of the neutrons due to
Coulomb repulsion
n p
BETA stability: The nucleus will
-decay until nucleons fill the lowest
energy levels
n p OR p n
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e.g. MIRROR nuclei
n p
both have spin-parity
Li Be
7
3
7
4
&
2 1
1 2
2 1
A A
Z N
Z N
=
=
=

2
3
n p
Convert one of Be protons to a neutron
e
Li e Be + +
7
3
7
4
Electron-capture
d t 3 . 53
2
1
=
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This model also explains the tendency to
have even-even nuclei
n
p
preferable to
n
p
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Liquid-Drop model doesnt consider
individual nucleons
Doesnt describe
(1) ground and excited state spins
and parities
(2) Magic numbers
(3) Magnetic moments
(4) Values of energy terms in SEMF
Fermi-gas model suggests the
validity of considering individual
nucleons
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Shell Model Shell Model
Nucleons move independently
in a net nuclear potential
Form of the potential = ??
Atomic case (H atom) is easy:
electron moves in central
Coulomb potential created by
an external agent i.e. the proton
Nuclear case: the potential is
created internally.
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Nuclear Potential Nuclear Potential
Spherically-symmetric no or
dependence - easier
Infinite square-well potential
NO
Simple-harmonic oscillator NO
Krane 5.4
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Weve seen the form of the
nuclear charge density
Try a potential with the same
r-dependence
( )
( ) [ ] b a r
r
o
/ exp 1 +
=

( )
( ) [ ]
skin
o
a R r
V
r V
/ exp 1 +

=
Saxon-Woods potential
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( )
( ) [ ]
skin
o
a R r
V
r V
/ exp 1 +

=
r
Infinite energy
Sharp edge
Infinite energy
Edge not sharp enough
Nuclear potential
(in-between)
fm a
fm A R
MeV V
skin
52 . 0 ~
25 . 1
50 ~
3
1
0
=
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Energy level scheme Energy level scheme
s, p, d, f ..
(as in ATOM)
BUT
is NOT the same as in ATOM !
An state has values of
Total degeneracy =
e.g.
2 protons in 1s AND 2 neutrons in 1s
p and n are both fermions but theyre
different particles !
..... 2 , 1 , 0 = l
..... 2 , 1 = n
l 1 2 + l l
m
( ) 1 2 2 + l
s 1
0
0
=
=
l
m
l
One level
Two nucleons
( spin)
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Shell Model Shell Model
Krane 5.6
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Spin Spin- -orbit interaction orbit interaction
ATOM
e
B
Orbital motion magnetic field B
Electrons spin magnetic moment interacts with B
An ELECTROMAGNETIC interaction.
NUCLEUS
The spin-orbit interaction CANNOT be
ELECTROMAGNETIC (not strong enough !).
It is a consequence of the nuclear STRONG force.
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( ) s l r V
so
r
r

( ) ( )
[ ]
( ) ( ) ( ) [ ]
2
2
1
2
1
1 1 1
2
h
r
r
r r
r r
r r
r
r
r r r
r r r
r
r
r
r
r r
r
r
r
+ + + =
=
+ + =
+ + =
+ =
s s l l j j s l
s s l l j j s l
s s s l l l
s l s l j j
s l j
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A nucleon has
e.g 1p state
2
1
= s
2
1
= = l s l j
2
3
2
1
, 1 = = j l
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Degeneracies are given by the
values of
Energy splitting
p 1
2
1
1p
2
3
1p
j
1 2 + j
j
m
( )
2
2
1
2
1
2
1
h
r
r
r
r
+ =

= + =
l
s l s l
l j l j
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Shell Model Shell Model
Predicts Magic Numbers (occur at
large gaps in energy level scheme)
Predicts ground state spins of
nuclei
Pb
208
82

=
=
126
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N
Z
Both MAGIC
Completely filled sub-shells for both p and n
Exclusion Principle: spin and orbital angular
momenta are paired
0 = I
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Shell Model Shell Model
Z or N = MAGIC 1
Exclusion Principle: the extra
nucleon (or hole) determines I.
O
15
8
O
17
8
O
16
8
5/2 0 1/2 I
One n
in
1d(5/2)
1p (1/2)
full
One n
in
1p(1/2)
Level
9 8 7 N
8 8 8 Z
Doubly Magic
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Shell Model Shell Model
Krane 5.7
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Magnetic Moments Magnetic Moments
Schmidt limits (1937) Schmidt limits (1937)
Calculate the expected magnetic
moment due to the odd (unpaired)
nucleon
( ) [ ] 2 /
2
1
2
1
s l
g j g
l j
+ =
+ =

( )
( ) ( )
(

+
+
=
=
1 2 1
2
3
2
1
j
g
j
j j
g
l j
s
l

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Schmidt limits Schmidt limits

=
n
p
g
l
0
1

+
=
n
p
g
s
83 . 3
59 . 5
One obvious flaw: model assumes that
g-factors for nucleons in a nucleus are the
same as the free-nucleon values above
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Schmidt limits Schmidt limits
Odd-neutron
Krane 5.9a
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Schmidt limits Schmidt limits
Odd-proton
Krane 5.9b
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Electric Quadrupole Moments Electric Quadrupole Moments
Nucleus with a single, unpaired proton
( )
3
2
2
5
3
2
5
3
2
2
2
1 2
1 2
A R R r
r
j
j
QM
r Q
o
= =
+

=
Theory gives sign but not
magnitude (factor 2 3)
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Electric Quadrupole Moments Electric Quadrupole Moments
Krane 5.10
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Collective Model Collective Model
Shell Model assumes independent
behaviour of nucleons
Liquid-Drop Model assumes the
opposite
Collective Model takes features from
both.
Nucleons in unfilled subshells move
independently in a net potential created
by the filled core nucleons (as in
Shell Model)
The potential is allowed to deform, as
in a liquid. (The Shell Model assumes a
static, spherically symmetric potential).
Valence nucleons
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Collective Model Collective Model
Rainwater (1950): a single valence
nucleon outside the core interacts and
deforms the core nuclear potential
Every even-even nucleus has a first
excited state
+
= 2 I
Eisberg & Resnick 15.21
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Vibrational states Vibrational states
Even-even nuclei
A vibrating liquid drop.
Average shape is spherical
Dipole mode violates conservation of
momentum.
Centre of mass is displaced cant be
the result of internal forces.
Krane 5.18
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Vibrational states Vibrational states
Quadrupole mode: adds a 2
nd
-order
spherical harmonic to the nuclear
wavefunction
2 units of angular momentum (l)
Phonon a quantized vibration
Two phonons result in a triplet
Energy = 2 x Energy of one-phonon
state
( ) 1 1 + = =
l

+ +
2 0
+ + +
4 , 2 , 0
+
2
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Vibrational states Vibrational states
Octupole mode: adds a 3
rd
-order
spherical harmonic to the nuclear
wavefunction
3 units of angular momentum (l)
( ) 1 1
3
= =
+
3 0
Krane 5.19
Te
120
1-phonon state
2-phonon state
3-phonon state
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Rotational states Rotational states
Only observed in nuclei with non-
spherical equilibrium shapes
A range: 150 to 190; > 220
Rotational inertia
2
2
1
= K
= l

=
2
2
l
K
h I l
( )

+
=
2
1
2
I I
K
h
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Rotational states Rotational states
The symmetry of even-even nuclei
means that I = even
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\
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=
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=
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\
|

=
|
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\
|

=
=
+
+
+
+
+
2
72 ) 8 (
2
42 ) 6 (
2
20 ) 4 (
2
6 ) 2 (
0 ) 0 (
2
2
2
2
h
h
h
h
E
E
E
E
E
etc
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Rotational states in Rotational states in
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Er Er
Krane 5.22