The Woods-Saxon-Strutinsky method (the microscopic-macroscopic method) combined with the Kruppa prescription for positive-energy levels, which is necessary to treat neutron-rich nuclei, is studied to clarify the reason for its success and to propose improvements for its shortcomings. The reason why the plateau condition is met for the Nilsson model but not for the Woods-Saxon model is understood in a new interpretation of the Strutinsky smoothing procedure as a low-pass filter. Essential features of the Kruppa level density is extracted in terms of the Thomas-Fermi approximation modified to describe spectra obtained from diagonalization in truncated oscillator bases. A method is proposed, which weakens the dependence on the smoothing width by applying the Strutinsky smoothing only to the deviations from a reference level density. The BCS equations are modified for the Kruppa spectrum, which is necessary to treat the pairing correlation properly in the presence of a continuum. The potential depth is adjusted for the consistency between the microscopic and macroscopic Fermi energies. It is shown, with these improvements, that the microscopic-macroscopic method is now capable to reliably calculate binding energies of nuclei far from stability.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics