Testing for parity violation in nuclei using spin density matrices for nuclear density functionals

Bruce R Barrett, B. G. Giraud

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


The spin density matrix (SDM) used in atomic and molecular physics is revisited for nuclear physics, in the context of the radial density functional theory. The vector part of the SDM defines a 'hedgehog' situation, which exists only if nuclear states contain some amount of parity violation. A toy model is given as an illustrative example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number065301
JournalPhysica Scripta
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015



  • parity violation
  • rotation invariance
  • spin density functional

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Mathematical Physics

Cite this