# Total Angular Momentum of an odd-parity shell-model state

## Homework Statement

A certain odd-parity shell-model state can hold up to a maximum of 4 nucleons. What are its values of J and L? What about an odd-parity shell-model state with a maximum of 6 nucleons?

## Homework Equations

Parity = (-1)L
J = L+S
Total angular momentum, J, is equal to orbital angular momentum, L, plus spin, S.
Nucleons are both fermions and have spin = 1/2
Therefore, J = L + 1/2

## The Attempt at a Solution

Parity is odd ∴ L has to be an odd number (Parity = (-1)L)
maximum of 4 nucleons: 1s1/2 shell is full for either protons or neutrons. 1p3/2 shell is not full.

∴ J= 3/2

3n + 1p OR 1n + 3p

J = L ± 1/2 = 1 + 1/2 → J = 3/2, L=1

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maximum of 6 nucleons
Parity is odd ∴ L has to be an odd number (Parity = (-1)L)
1s1/2+1p3/2 shells have maximum of 6 nucleons. ∴ L = 1
With 6 nucleons: 1s1/2 shell is full for both protons and neutrons. 1p3/2 shell is not full.

L=1
J = L ± 1/2 = 1 + 1/2 → J = 3/2, L=1

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The spin of the nucleus is equal to the j value of that unpaired nucleon and the parity is (−1)l , where l is the orbital angular momentum of the unpaired nucleon.

For example, 47 Ti22 (titanium) has an even number of protons and 25 neutrons. 20 of the neutrons fill the shells up to magic number 20 and there are 5 in the 1f 7/ 2 state (l = 3, j = 7/ 2 ) Four of these form pairs and the remaining one leads to a nuclear spin of 7 /2 and parity (−1)3 = −1. •

Odd-odd nuclei. In this case there is an unpaired proton whose total angular momentum is j1 and an unpaired neutron whose total angular momentum is j2.

The total spin of the nucleus is the (vector) sum of these angular momenta and can take values between |j1 − j2| and |j1 + j2| (in unit steps).

The parity is given by (−1)(l1+l2) , where l1 and l2 are the orbital angular momenta of the unpaired proton and neutron respectively.

For example, 6 Li 3(lithium) has 3 neutrons and 3 protons. The first two of each fill the 1s level and the third is in the 1p 3 /2 level.

The orbital angular momentum of each is l = 1 so the parity is (−1)x(-1) = +1 (even), but the spin can be anywhere between 0 and 3.

see ref.http://www.personal.soton.ac.uk/ab1u06/teaching/phys3002/course/05_shell.pdf