Using MaxEnt to Determine Nuclear Level Densities

  • N. J. Davidson
  • B. J. Cole
  • H. G. Miller
Conference paper
Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 70)


Calculations involving excited nuclei often require knowledge of the nuclear many-body density of states in regions where the analytic dependence of this quantity on the energy is not well known. We show, by means of a model calculation, that it should be possible to satisfactorily infer the energy dependence of the nuclear level density for a reasonable range of energies by use of the Maximum Entropy Principle. The prior information required is the observed number of states per energy interval at comparatively low energies, where the experimental nuclear spectra are well known. Our results suggest that the proposed method is sufficiently reliable to allow for the calculation of thermal properties of nuclei (through the partition function) over a reasonable temperature range.


Partition Function Level Density Maximum Entropy Principle Level Density Parameter Nuclear Level Density 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. J. Davidson
    • 1
  • B. J. Cole
    • 2
  • H. G. Miller
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)ManchesterUK
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of the WitwatersrandWitsSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa

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