Nuclear physics is the study of the composition, behavior and interaction of atomic nuclei and their constituent parts.

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Half life and Radioactive Decay

[Sorry about the misleading title, as the query isn't entirely about half-life, but I couldn't find any better way to condense my question to make a brief enough title anyways..... and] Radioactive ...
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An approximation question from “Nuclear Models” by Judah Eisenberg and Walter Greiner

I'm looking at page 311 of the book "Nuclear Theory" by Judah Eisenberg and Walter Greiner. Now for identity (49) which is: $$\omega_{1,2}^2=\frac{\omega_\alpha^2+\omega_\zeta^2-2bc\omega_\alpha\...
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Where does the $0.61$ come from in $ R \sin \theta = 0.61\lambda $?

In my A2 Physics textbook it says that In the estimation of the nuclear radius by using electron diffraction the equation $$ R \sin \theta = 0.61\lambda $$ where: $R$ = radius of the nucleus $\...
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What causes Potassium to decay into Argon the way it does

From evolutionwiki: "Potassium 40 decays into argon 40 through a process known as electron capture. In electron capture, an electron from the innermost electron shell "falls" into the nucleus, ...
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How to calculate absorbed dosage

Lets say you have some unstable isotope which decays via beta decay. For example, lets say you want to calculate the amount of beta radiation that is emitted from the decay of $^{87}\textrm{Kr}\to ^{...
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How is the amount of radiation calculated from a decay?

Lets say you have some unstable isotope which decays via beta decay. For example, lets say you want to calculate the amount of beta radiation that is emitted from the decay of $^{87}\textrm{Kr}\to ^{...
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Nuclear physics study materials

I'm currently a ChemE undergraduate student and wish to pursue masters in nuclear engineering. Can you suggest some introductory reading material so that I can get acquainted with nuclear engineering ...
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What would be radiated from exposed nuclear reactor core? [closed]

Let's imagine a space beacon; a satellite with a nuclear reactor on board, built in such a way, that while control (cooling, fission level regulation) is maintained, a part of the reactor core is open ...
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propagation of error - sin^4

I am currently working on an analysis of a Rutherford scattering and encountered a somehow strange behaviour for the errors. It basically boils down to the behaviour of: $$\sin(\theta/2)^4$$ For ...
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C-parity violation evidence

I know about the CP-violation experiments from the 60's and the P-violation from the 50's. But, is there a similar experiment which displays (perhaps historically in the same way as the experiements ...
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Forbidden transition

My question concerns something I just read on wikipedia whilst looking up forbidden transitions, here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbidden_mechanism#Gamma_decay Specifically, this sentence: "...
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The counter-intuitive time scales in atomic physics and nuclear physics

Compare atomic physics and nuclear physics. The interaction in the latter is much stronger than that in the former. However, the typical spontaneous emission time scale in atomic physics is on the ...
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Derivation of Critical Mass of U-235

I am having trouble following an explanation of the critical mass of U-235 from my book (for high school physics). First off, every chain reaction of U-235 releases on average $\nu = 2.42$ neutrons. ...
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Model for obtaining the magnetic moment of a neutron [closed]

The anomalous magnetic moment of a neutron ($g_s=-3.83$) could be considered as a fixed proton ($g_s=5.58$) with an orbiting $\pi⁻$ meson in an $l=1$ state. a) What is the magnetic dipole moment of ...
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Meson production not originating from a collision

Does anyone know a process that produces mesons other than through collisions from particle accelerators and cosmic ray experiments? Thanks DaPhys
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Nuclear bomb power - myth?

I'm not experienced in physics yet (if it helps I've covered as much as acceleration, momentum and energy transfer/chemistry ionic and covalent bonding) but I've heard that the way people compare ...
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How can I determine the interaction knowing the decay formula?

I know the kind of interaction occurring in very common reaction. For example, I know that the interaction: $e^- + e^+ \longrightarrow \mu^+ + \mu^-$ is driven by the electromagnetic force (there is ...
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Can We “Tune” The Radiation Output Of a Nuclear Device.?

After reading "Project Orion", the 1950's plan to launch a large mass spaceship using small nuclear devices, (and also from common sense), I realise that a lot of nuclear research is classified. The ...
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Who determined the half-life of Uranium 235 and how?

By Wiki, the half-life of Uranium 235 is as long as 703,800,000 years. This is huge. Therefore, on an human time scale, the decay is very small. This should pose difficulty for determining the half-...
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How neutron can have an antiparticle since it have zero charge?

Antiparticles are defined as fundamental particles having the same mass but opposite charge. Now, a neutron has a particular mass (say m) , but zero charge ( =0). Its antiparticle should have mass=m ...
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Is it possible that there are stars working on fission?

Most/all stars are getting their energy from fusion of small atoms like our sun. But is it possible according to the laws of physics that there are stars getting their energy from fission fe with ...
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Effect of a nuclear weapon on the Moon

In some science fiction novel, there is the scenario of using nuclear weapons to deflect an Earth-approaching asteroid. But the question is, is a nuclear weapon really as useful on the moon or an ...
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Total Angular Momentum of Hadrons

Hadrons are made of 2 or 3 quarks. Quarks have spin 1/2, so Mesons can have spin S = 1 or spin S = 0, and Baryons can have spin S = 3/2 or spin S = 1/2. Is there orbital angular momentum of the quarks ...
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What is the BG Equation?

About 45 years ago or so I was a Physics department staff computer programmer when I was a physics major undergrad. I worked with a professor doing research on nuclear shell models -- he was ...
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What is $\beta^-n$ decay?

I'm looking on the nndc chart of nuclides and am seeing $\beta^-n$. What is this? http://www.nndc.bnl.gov/chart/reCenter.jsp?z=3&n=6
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Is the decay of nuclei also depending on the 'age' of nuclei or whether they are created or not? [duplicate]

Usually the decay is said to be randomly but the average period of decay of certain atoms are stable. So if you randomly take a bunch of the same atoms the average time before the decay will fe be 5 ...
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Assumptions that led to Wigner surmise of nuclear level spacings

In 1957, Wigner surmised (guessed) that the probability density of the spacing between adjacent energy levels of complex nuclei is given by $$ P(s) = \frac{\pi}{2}s e^{\frac{-\pi s^2}{4}} $$ This is ...
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Quantum tunneling and the Gamow Factor

I've seen the equation for the probability of particles overcoming the Coulomb Barrier in the following form: $$P(E)=\exp\left[-\sqrt{E_G/E}\right]$$ Where I'm using the numerator $E_G$ as the ...
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Gamma spectroscopy - Nuclide identification

I have a question about what the usual practice is for nuclide identification in gamma spectroscopy. For example, if I see a line at 477 keV, I would write that the origin of this line is $^7Be$. As ...
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Dependence of atomic mass number in the Bragg Kleeman rule

I have just staring learning about radioactivity, more or less about alpha particles and how there range can be approximated by the Bragg Kleeman rule, $\displaystyle{R \varpropto \frac{\sqrt{A}}{\rho}...
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Nuclear Energy Depletion in Solar System [closed]

Lets keep this simple. Lets assume that the amount of known fissionable material is fixed. Lets assume that energy demand is the same for 2015, from now until depletion, to keep it simpler. How long ...
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Gamma decay multipolar transition rate?

I have been trying to derive the equation for the transition probability per unit time/transition rate for gamma decay of a nucleus, as given by equation (21) of this article. I have also gone through ...
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Determining thickness of Aluminium foil with alpha particles

So I'm trying to derive an equation to determine the thickness of a thin aluminium foil using Bragg Kleeman rule. I've so far got that the range of the alpha particles in aluminium is $R(Al)=R(air)\...
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Predicting a decay chain? [duplicate]

Is there a way to predict a decay chain? Let's say I have U-238 and want to find out its decay chain, is there a way to do that without looking it up? Thanks in advance.
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What is the interrelationship among PD, T1 and T2 in relation to MRI

Proton Density (PD), Spin - Lattice Relaxation Time (T1), Spin - Spin Relaxation Time (T2) are three major characteristics by which we can distinguish different types of tissues and all three are ...
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What happens when fast moving electrons hit hydrogen molecules?

Just like the creation of X-rays. Where fast moving electrons are bombarded on some Heavy element. What happens if the we keep compressed Hydrogen instead of the heavy metals? Surely it will form ...
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Physics needed for a quite well understanding of nuclear bomb [closed]

I am an undergraduate student in physics and mathematics and one of my early dreams in physics was to understand the way nuclear weapons work. Is there a book which deals with the physics and the ...
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Simple deduction of differential cross section from total cross section

In Povh's book "Particles and Nuclei" we read the following: I simply cannot wrap my head around what happened from eq. 5.20 to 5.22. How did he deduce that the cross section for the scattering into ...
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Atomic bomb explosion [duplicate]

What are those vertical filaments that form in the air whenever an atomic bomb is detonated? They are clearly visible in this movie at 3:08.
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Project Orion pusher plate computer modeling

Linked from the space.stackexchange forum: http://space.stackexchange.com/questions/15051/orion-project-npp-pusher-plate-computer-models-and-survivability Project Orion is discussed as if it is a ...
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Why build so big sarcophagus in Chernobyl instead another alternative? [closed]

As title, why build so big sarcophagus in Chernobyl? The new sarcophagus is really tall, large and expensive and it should cover the old one. But there is already a sarcophagus build over another ...
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Cause of radioactivity

If Uranium-238 is hit by a neutron, it splits into different parts. My question is (a) Why throwing a neutron will destroy the equilibrium? Rather, should it not help maintain it? (As neutron is ...
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Arrangement of Nucleons due to Strong Force

I was reading up on the fundamental forces of nature and I was wondering about the arrangements of nucleons due to the strong force. Considering electromagnetic repulsion, having 2 protons "bonding" ...
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Can there be a two-neutron bound state? [duplicate]

Is is possible for two neutrons to be in a bound state, assuming that they only interact gravitationally?
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Solve question with $E=mc^{2}$ [closed]

In the sun, energy is derived from the fusion of hydrogen into helium via the proton-proton chain. The reaction proceeds as follows: ${}^{1}$H$+{}^{1}$H$\to {}^{2}$H$+e^{+}$ ${}^{2}$H$+{}^{1}$H$\to ...
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Does nuclear fusion of light nuclei occur in fire or boiling water?

At the temperature range of ordinary fire or maybe even ordinary boiling water, is the Coulomb potential between light atomic nuclei occasionally overcome to give way to fusion? Basically, how are ...
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Could we use nuclear bombs to generate electricity? [closed]

it seems the biggest problem with fusion power is confinement. on the other hand, we developed a fusion bomb in just a few years. i was wondering if it could be economically viable to use nuclear ...
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Collision with a stationary Hydrogen atom [closed]

Can some explain me what happens when an electron or neutron collides with stationary Hydrogen atom? What are conditions for elastic and inelastic condition? For example, how to tackle following ...
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D2O distribution in water [duplicate]

I just learned that about 1/1000 of hydrogen is deuterium. Does that mean 1/1000 of water is D2O, which is heavier and sinks to the bottom in a glass of water? And consequently is there a layer of D2O ...
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Is there any experimental evidence to distinguish the total gravitational force exerted by the two proton and a helium nucleus?

I know that the sum of the mass of the two proton is greater than the mass of a helium nucleus (two proton). As the mass different is transformed into energy by the Einstein mass energy-equivalence. ...