Joel Lynn

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Chiral Two- and Three-Nucleon Interactions in Green's Function Monte Carlo Calculations of Light Nuclei

In this talk I will present our recent work on Green's function Monte Carlo (GFMC) calculations of light nuclei using local nucleon-nucleon interactions derived from chiral effective field theory (EFT) up to next-to-next-to-leading order (N2LO). GFMC provides important benchmarking capabilities for other methods which rely on techniques to soften the nuclear interaction and also allows for nonperturbative studies of the convergence of the chiral EFT expansion. I will discuss the natural extension of this work to include the consistent three-nucleon (3N) forces at the same order in the chiral expansion. I will discuss our choice of observables to fit the two low-energy constants which enter in the 3N sector at N2LO, present some results for light nuclei, and give some indications of exciting future work which is now possible.

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