Dissecting reaction calculations using halo effective field theory and ab initio input

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© 2018 American Physical Society. We present a description of the breakup of halo nuclei in peripheral nuclear reactions by coupling a model of the projectile motivated by halo effective field theory with a fully dynamical treatment of the reaction using the dynamical eikonal approximation. Our description of the halo system reproduces its long-range properties, i.e., binding energy and asymptotic normalization coefficients of bound states and phase shifts of continuum states. As an application we consider the breakup of Be11 in collisions on Pb and C targets. Taking the input for our halo-EFT-inspired description of Be11 from a recent ab initio calculation of that system yields a good description of the Coulomb-dominated breakup on Pb at energies up to about 2 MeV, with the result essentially independent of the short-distance part of the halo wave function. However, the nuclear dominated breakup on C is more sensitive to short-range physics. The role of spectroscopic factors and possible extensions of our approach to include additional short-range mechanisms are also discussed.