We present quantum Monte Carlo calculations of light nuclei, neutron-α scattering, and neutron matter using local two- and three-nucleon (3N) interactions derived from chiral effective field theory up to next-to-next-to-leading order (N2LO). The two undetermined 3N low-energy couplings are fit to the He4 binding energy and, for the first time, to the spin-orbit splitting in the neutron-α P-wave phase shifts. Furthermore, we investigate different choices of local 3N-operator structures and find that chiral interactions at N2LO are able to simultaneously reproduce the properties of A=3,4,5 systems and of neutron matter, in contrast to commonly used phenomenological 3N interactions.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)