Jun 5 – 9, 2023
Genova, Italy
Europe/Rome timezone

The hypernuclear physics program at Jefferson Lab

Jun 7, 2023, 2:56 PM
DAD - Room 1A (Genova, Italy)

DAD - Room 1A

Genova, Italy

Invited Hypernuclei and kaonic atoms Hypernuclei and kaonic atoms


Prof. Patrick Achenbach (Jefferson Lab)


Missing mass spectroscopy of Λ hypernuclei using the (e,e′K+) reaction has been performed at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab) with several experiments in the past in Hall A and Hall C.
One experiment, expected to run in 2026 in Hall C, will provide the first study of the isospin dependence in medium-mass hyperisotopes by populating Λ-K-40 and Λ-K-48 using an isotopically enriched calcium target [JLab E12-15-008]. In the same campaign, it will be possible to study Λ interactions in nuclear matter using a lead target [JLab E12-20-013]. Further solid-state targets such as aluminum are also considered for this campaign.
The high-resolution spectrometers together with thin target foils and high beam currents guarantee an energy resolution on the sub-MeV level, much better than in hadron beam experiments.
The measurement of precise and accurate energy spectra of different hyperisotopes probes the Λ-N interaction in nuclei including the Λ-N-N three-body force. The latter is assumed to play a key role for the stiffness of the nuclear equation-of-state relevant for the stability of neutron stars.

(On behalf of JLab Hypernuclear Collaboration)

Primary author

Prof. Patrick Achenbach (Jefferson Lab)


Franco Garibaldi (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) Guido Maria Urciuoli (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) Joerg Reinhold (Florida International University) Liguang Tang (Hampton University/Jefferson Lab) Pete Markowitz (Florida International University) Prof. Satoshi N. Nakamura (the University of Tokyo) Sho Nagao (University of Tokyo) Toshiyuki Gogami (Kyoto University)

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