Quantum Monte Carlo methods have recently been employed to study properties of nuclei and infinite matter using local chiral effective-field-theory interactions. In this work, we present a detailed description of the auxiliary field diffusion Monte Carlo algorithm for nuclei in combination with local chiral two- and three-nucleon interactions up to next-to-next-to-leading order. We show results for the binding energy, charge radius, charge form factor, and Coulomb sum rule in nuclei with 3≤A≤16. Particular attention is devoted to the effect of different operator structures in the three-body force for different cutoffs. The outcomes suggest that local chiral interactions fit to few-body observables give a very good description of the ground-state properties of nuclei up to O16, with the exception of one fit for the softer cutoff which predicts overbinding in larger nuclei.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics