The new method of Truelove and Nicholls for obtaining reaction matrix elements for nuclear-structure calculations is discussed. In this method, the Bethe-Goldstone wave function is expanded in terms of eigenfunctions of two interacting nucleons bound in a common potential well. The Bethe-Goldstone equation, which is written in terms of an expansion over noninteracting two-particle states, is then solved iteratively. In practice, the method is most easily applied when a harmonic-oscillator basis is used; the Pauli operator Q can then be treated exactly. The convergence of the Truelove-Nicholls iteration scheme and of the above two expansions is investigated. It is shown that the original method is incorrect for nucleon-nucleon potentials with an infinite hard core. A simple way of correcting the method is presented.
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics