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Physical Review C






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We report quantum Monte Carlo calculations of weak transitions in A 10 nuclei, based on the Norfolk two-and three-nucleon chiral interactions, and associated one-and two-body axial currents. We find that the contribution from two-body currents is at the 2-3% level, with the exception of matrix elements entering the rates of Li-8, B-8, and He-8 beta decay. These matrix elements are suppressed in impulse approximation based on the (leading order) Gamow Teller transition operator alone; two-body currents provide a 20-30% correction, which is, however, insufficient to bring theory in agreement with experimental data. For the other transitions, the agreement with the data is satisfactory, and the results exhibit a negligible to mild model dependence when different combinations of Norfolk interactions are utilized to construct the nuclear wave functions. We report a complete study of two-body weak transition densities which reveals the expected universal behavior of two-body currents at short distances throughout the range of A = 3 to A = 10 systems considered here.


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King, G. B., Andreoli, L., Pastore, S., Piarulli, M., Schiavilla, R., Wiringa, R. B., Carlson, J., & Gandolfi, S. (2020). Chiral effective field theory calculations of weak transitions in light nuclei. Physical Review C, 102(2), 13 pp., Article 025501.

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