About this Research Topic
The structure and production mechanism of extremely neutron-rich nuclei have drawn intense attention in both nuclear physics and astrophysics.
As one of the basic quantities in nuclear physics, the nuclear masses play a key role not only in the study of nuclear structure and reactions, but also in understanding the origin of elements in the universe. In nuclear physics, the synthesis of super-heavy nuclei and nuclear symmetry energy attracted much attention in recent years. The nuclear mass formulas are of significant importance for describing the global nuclear properties and exploring the exotic structure of extremely neutron-rich nuclei such as the halo phenomenon, the structure of super-heavy nuclei and their decay properties. Accurate predictions for the shell corrections and alpha-decay energies of super-heavy nuclei are urgently required for the synthesis of new super-heavy nuclei.
Simultaneously, nuclear masses include important information on nuclear symmetry energy which probes the isospin part of nuclear forces and intimately relates to the behavior of neutron stars. In nuclear astrophysics, the r-process abundances in nuclear astrophysics depend strongly on the nuclear masses of extremely neutron-rich nuclei and the shell-structure data of neutron magic nuclei.
In addition, the study of reaction mechanism in heavy-ion collisions at low and intermediate energies is of great importance, especially the reactions induced by neutron-rich nuclei. The dynamic effects, isospin effects and shell effects play an important role on fusion reactions and multi-nucleon transfer reactions with which some new isotopes can be produced.
The aim of this Research Topic is to explore the structure properties of extremely neutron-rich nuclei such as the masses of these unmeasured nuclei which play key role for the study of nuclear astroyphysics and symmetry energy. In addition, to explore the reaction mechanism in heavy-ion reactions at low and intermediate energies for producing the extremely neutron-rich nuclei is another aim of this Research Topic.
We welcome papers that address nuclear masses, nuclear symmetry energy, heavy-ion fusion reactions, multi-nucleon transfer reactions, synthesis of super-heavy nuclei, alpha-decay of heavy nuclei.
Keywords: Neutron-rich nuclei, nuclear masses, heavy-ion fusion, microscopic dynamics, symmetry energy, nuclear structure and reactions
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