# Nuclear Binding Near a Quantum Phase Transition.

@article{Elhatisari2016NuclearBN,
title={Nuclear Binding Near a Quantum Phase Transition.},
author={Serdar Elhatisari and Ning Li and Alexander Rokash and Jos{\'e} Manuel Alarc{\'o}n and Dechuan Du and Nico Klein and Bing-Nan Lu and Ulf-G. Mei{\ss}ner and Evgeny Epelbaum and Hermann Krebs and Timo A. L{\"a}hde and Dean Lee and Gautam Rupak},
journal={Physical review letters},
year={2016},
volume={117 13},
pages={
132501
}
}
• Published 14 February 2016
• Physics
• Physical review letters
How do protons and neutrons bind to form nuclei? This is the central question of ab initio nuclear structure theory. While the answer may seem as simple as the fact that nuclear forces are attractive, the full story is more complex and interesting. In this work we present numerical evidence from ab initio lattice simulations showing that nature is near a quantum phase transition, a zero-temperature transition driven by quantum fluctuations. Using lattice effective field theory, we perform Monte…

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