Hypernuclear no-core shell model
Journal article, 2018
We extend the no-core shell model (NCSM) methodology to incorporate strangeness degrees of freedom and apply it to single-Λ hypernuclei. After discussing the transformation of the hyperon-nucleon (YN) interaction into the harmonic-oscillator (HO) basis and the similarity renormalization group transformation applied to it to improve model-space convergence, we present two complementary formulations of the NCSM, one that uses relative Jacobi coordinates and symmetry-adapted basis states to fully exploit the symmetries of the hypernuclear Hamiltonian and one working in a Slater determinant basis of HO states where antisymmetrization and computation of matrix elements is simple and to which an importance-truncation scheme can be applied. For the Jacobi-coordinate formulation, we give an iterative procedure for the construction of the antisymmetric basis for arbitrary particle number and present the formulas used to embed two- and three-baryon interactions into the many-body space. For the Slater-determinant formulation, we discuss the conversion of the YN interaction matrix elements from relative to single-particle coordinates, the importance-truncation scheme that tailors the model space to the description of the low-lying spectrum, and the role of the redundant center-of-mass degrees of freedom. We conclude with a validation of both formulations in the four-body system, giving converged ground-state energies for a chiral Hamiltonian, and present a short survey of the A≤7 hyperhelium isotopes.