Results from Shell-Model Monte Carlo studies

S. E. Koonin, D. J. Dean, K. Langanke

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We review results obtained using Shell-Model Monte Carlo (SMMC) techniques. These methods reduce the imaginary-time many-body evolution operator to a coherent superposition of one-body evolutions in fluctuating one-body fields; the resultant path integral is evaluated stochastically. After a brief review of the methods, we discuss a variety of nuclear-physics applications. These include studies of the ground-state properties of pf-shell nuclei, Gamow-Teller strength distributions, thermal and rotational pairing properties of nuclei near N = Z, γ-soft nuclei, and ββ-decay in 76Ge. Several other illustrative calculations are also reviewed. Finally, we discuss prospects for further progress in SMMC and related calculations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)463-504
Number of pages42
JournalAnnual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997


  • Monte Carlo
  • Nuclei
  • Shell model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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