Yingfa Zhang

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Dean Halderson

Second Advisor

Dr. Alan Wuosmaa

Third Advisor

Dr. Michael Famiano

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The main goal of this Master thesis is the theoretical study of the interaction between a nucleon and a nucleus. This is a fundamental method to study the structure and dynamics of nuclear systems. This thesis concentrates on the study of nucleon scattering on light nuclei, 6Li, 7Li and 14N, with the effective interaction M3Y and its modification by adding a Skyrme force. This is the first time the Skyrme interaction has been employed in scattering calculations. From a comparison of the measured differential cross section σ (θ) and the analyzing power Ay (θ) for 6Li and 7Li with the corresponding calculations, we can conclude that inclusion of the Skyrme interaction reduces agreement with the experimental data in lower proton energies, but improves agreement at higher proton energies.

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