Nuclear energy density functionals constrained by low-energy QCDD. Vretenar
Physics Department, University of Zagreb, Bijenicka 32, Zagreb, Croatia
(Published online: 17 April 2008)
A microscopic framework of nuclear energy density functionals is reviewed, which establishes a direct relation between low-energy QCD and nuclear structure, synthesizing effective field theory methods and principles of density functional theory. Guided by two closely related features of QCD in the low-energy limit: a) in-medium changes of vacuum condensates, and b) spontaneous breaking of chiral symmetry; a relativistic energy density functional is developed and applied in studies of ground-state properties of spherical and deformed nuclei.
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