When nucleons come in close proximity they experience the short-range part of the nucleon- nucleon interaction. These states are referred to as Short-Range Correlated (SRC) nucleon-nucleon pairs, with large relative momentum and small center-of-mass momentum with respect to the Fermi momentum. SRC pairs are formed as temporary fluctuations with high density, several times the nuclear saturation density, densities that exist in neutron stars, but are difficult to study in the lab.
Most of the knowledge we have to date about SRC comes mainly from electron scattering experiments, and is therefore limited to stable nuclei. To access very neutron-rich nuclei, radioactive-ion beams are the only way do do so. The next-generation experiments include the use of hadronic probes and short-lived exotic nuclei. In this seminar I will present an overview of the highlight results from electron scattering and our new strategy to study SRC with RIB in particular at GSI/FAIR including a pioneering experiment performed in 2022.