Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Alvin Rosenthal

Second Advisor

Dr. Dean Halderson

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert Shamu

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Recently two fundamental problems in nuclear physics have been resolved by applying the concept of nucleon size increases over that of free nucleons. These successes have encouraged the use of medium-modified proton densities to explain the differences between Hartree-Fock calculations and experimental charge densities. These differences constituted a long standing problem in nuclear physics.

The covariant soliton model of density dependent nucleon form factors was employed to explain these differences. This model predicts a non-linear relationship between point proton densities and charge densities. This work was able to provide a self-consistent proton density for 208Pb by inverting this relationship. The final form of the proton density provides an excellent quantitative agreement with accepted Hartree-Fock calculations.

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Nuclear Commons