Physics Division Seminars bring us speakers on a variety of physics related subjects. Usually these are held in the Building 6008 large Conference Room, at 3:00 pm on the chosen day, but times and locations may vary. For more information, contact our seminar chairman,
Tel (Office): (865) 574-6124 (FAX): (865) 574-1268
The questions of the existence limits and the properties of shell-stabilized superheavy nuclei have been a driving force behind experimental and theoretical efforts to investigate such nuclei. Unfortunately, theoretical predictions for superheavy nuclei differ considerably. The review of the present status of our understanding of heavy and superheavy nuclei within microscopic theories (in particular, covariant density functional theory) will be presented. Heavy nuclei of the actinide region play an important role in constraining theoretical predictions. I will concentrate on the importance of single-particle degrees of freedom, the role of self-consistency effects in superheavy nuclei and on the description of fission barriers in actinides and superheavy nuclei.