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Confidence at the Edge of Nuclear Stability - Uncertainty Quantification for Nuclear Density Functional Theory

Jordan McDonnell, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
Tuesday, April 8, 11:00 AM - Theory Seminar
NSCL Seminar Room

Nuclear density functional theory exhibits good overall agreement with measured nuclear masses for medium-mass to heavy nuclei. But the predictions of various models diverge substantially near the neutron and proton drip lines. Quantifying the theoryıs inherent uncertainty is essential for making reliable predictions. Through a Bayesian analysis, we calculate the theoretical uncertainty for nuclear masses obtained with a Skyrme-class energy density functional. We also assess whether a recent set of mass measurements of neutron-rich nuclei reduces the uncertainty in this modelıs predictions near the neutron drip line.