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

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Potential energy of the human body if all its atoms were split

I am working on a sci-fi story in which a character has control over matter on the atomic level (think Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen). In thinking up potential tragedies for this character I thought, ...
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Temperature Dependence of Fission

I've always heard fusion depends on incredible temperatures and pressures, but I'm curious what the temperature dependence of fission is. For instance, if I had uranium and heated it to a ...
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Ground State Assignment for nuclear shell model

Why is the ground state assignment $0^{+}$ whenever the number of neutrons and protons are both even?
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$α$-decay and electron

I'm a Web developer and I'm working on a physic interactive Web page to represent how atoms interact. I'm reading information about α-decay and here is what I understand. Let's say we have a isotope ...
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Formula for critical mass? Critical mass of polonium?

I'm looking for the critical mass of Polonium; is there a formula? E.g.:$$\text{Neutrons / Protons}\cdot\text{ Constant = X kg}$$ There is a little table in the Wikipedia. E.g.: ...
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Does the fact that protons and neutrons have larger mass than electrons mean they're bigger in size?

and so if a proton is so larger than an electron doesn't that mean it has a shape? What would be the shape of a subatomic particle? are they spherical?
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Nuclear forces and Chiral Effective field Theory

I am new to this field "nuclear forces and Chiral Effective field Theory". while reading this paper http://arxiv.org/abs/nucl-th/0006014 . I have got few question: How many different version of ...
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Coupling of open and closed channels in Feshbach resonance model

Feshbach resonance is described with coupling of 2 systems differing in the form of potentials :- one is said to produce a bound state (in 'closed' channel) and other is to produce scattering states ...
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Measuring background radiation

We tried to measure background radiation using a geiger counter for a experiment at school. The meter showed $0.12$-$0.21$ microSv/h during the day averaging at about $0.14$ mcSv/h. As we tried to ...
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What causes different decays?

Nuclei spontaneously decay according to a certain decay rate. There are however different kinds of decay, alpha, beta, gamma... What causes then the nuclei, when they decay, to do so in one way of ...
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What determines the distribution of the energy between the beta-particle and the neutrino in beta decay?

When beta-decay occurs an electron or a positron is emitted along a neutrino or an antineutrino. The energy spectrum of the beta particles is continuous because, as I read, the energy is shared ...
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Different kinds of the same isotope

I apologize if this is an obvious question, but I can't find the answer anywhere. In this page: http://ie.lbl.gov/education/parent/U_iso.htm are listed the isotopes of Uranium. Some of them, for ...
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What are the coefficients of the Geiger-Nutall law dependent on?

The Geiger-Nutall law for alpha-particles predicts a linear relationship between the logarithm of the decay rate and the energy of the particle, and I've observed that in ln(decay rate) / (energy) ...
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Origin of the names for the decay chains

Is there any reason for the names of the decay chains? As shown in this chart (larger version here): only the Thorium chain starts on an isotope of the element it takes its name from, and it can ...
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The life of proton

I have two questions regarding protons 1) Wikipedia says Mean lifetime of a proton $>2.1×10^{29}$ years (stable) Obviously this means practically nothing happens to a proton, but what does ...
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What is the state of the art in particle detection and localization

I am researching methods to detect the position of radioactive materials (emitting gamma and beta particles), and would like to know what current methods are used to do this. What type of sensors are ...
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How Does Lead Block Radiation

How is it that lead can block radiation, and things are lead lined. In the Indiana Jones 4 movie he climbs inside a lead-lined fridge and he somehow survives the blast and radiation?
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Is it possible to split baryons and extract useable energy out of it?

Since baryons (e.g. protons, neutrons) are composite particles it should be possible to split them apart. If so, is it then possible to extract useable energy out of the splitting of baryons in ...
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Is a Betelgeuse supernova able to neutralise earth's nuclear arsenal?

According to an article on newscientist.com, a neutrino beam could neutralise nuclear bombs by inducing a slow meltdown of the nuclear fuel. The neutrino generator would need to be more than a ...
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How can a proton be converted to a neutron via positron emission and yet gain mass?

The mass of a neutron is greater than mass of a proton so how is it possible in positron emission for a proton to form a neutron and a positron?
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Is it possible to calculate the half-life of a nucleus?

Is it possible to calculate theoretically the half life of a nucleus (how?) or they are all known through measurements? As an example how do you calculate the half life of Carbon-14?
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Does the spinning of a nucleus alter its charge distribution?

I put a nucleus in a magnetic field. It spins. Does the electric charge distribution remain homogeneous or does the charge redistribute? Can this be measured? Will accept reference as answer.
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Geometric quantization AND nuclear physics

Classical mechanics has a natural mathematical setting in symplectic geometry and it may be asked if the same is true for quantum mechanics. Geometric quantization is one formalization of the notion ...
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Proof of Bethe-Bloch stopping power

I want to prove the Bethe-Bloch stopping power formula but I don't know where to start. Any one can offer a book or paper? Related: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethe_formula
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Nuclear Spin of Sodium 23

I am actually calculating the nuclear spin of Sodium 23. Here we have 11 protons and 12 neutrons. Now both the nuclei are short of the magic numbers. When I use the shell model for protons and ...
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Geometric structure of atomic nucleus? [duplicate]

The electrons in an atom have a certain configuration and we can predict in which space the electrons can be present of a certain energy level (s-orbitals have a sphere-shape,....). Recently I read ...
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Nuclear fission or fusion occurring at or near the speed of light

Suppose a device or object were traveling at or near the speed of light, and fission or fusion occurred while in this state of motion, creating an enormous blast, what would occur? Would this cause an ...
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Centrality and collision parameter b

Can someone tell me what does it 20-30% collision centrality mean in terms of impact parameter b?
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Radioactive decay / binding energies

If my understanding is correct, the binding energy determines a nucleus' stability and the greater the binding energy, the more stable the nucleus (e.g iron-56). The mass of the sum of nucleons that ...
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What is Rabi nutation in NMR?

What is the mathematical and physical significance of Rabi Nutation in terms of NMR?
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Does the Strong Nuclear Force follow Superposition?

I have just started the study of nuclear physics in my high school, and while reading about nuclear forces and binding energy per nucleon, I found out that the nuclear forces are highly short ranged ...
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Unknown peaks on RBS spectrum

I was given a sample, that it is supposed to be a medium thickness Rhodium on top of an infinite silicon waffer. The experimental RBS spectrum along with the simulation looks like that Apparently, ...
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What prevents an atom's electrons from “collapsing” onto its protons? [duplicate]

Forgive me if the answer to this is obvious. I have no formal physics training, and I remember that when I asked my physics teacher this, she just frowned and said "Good question." An electron is ...
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4 element super conductor without oxygen and iron

I am trying to find a list with super conductors. In particular I am searching for a superconductor, that consists of 4 elements none of which is Oxygen. The reason I rejected Oxygen, is because(from ...
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How to describe hadron-hadron strong interactions from QCD?

I'm trying to set up the problem of deriving the thermodynamics of hadronic matter. I know how to proceed in the case of an effective description such as mean field (Walecka/linear sigma model) but ...
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Does the plasma move in the tokamak?

I was reading about tokamaks, for usage in fusion, and it seems that the positive ions circle in one way in the toakmak, while the negative circles in another. That would make a lot of sense, as it ...
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Importance of MHV amplitudes

Why are MHV amplitudes so important? How/where are they used and why do people keep trying to rederive them in many different ways?
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How close are humans to creating gold from other elements?

Gold is made when dying stars collide. How close are humans to doing that? Or is it even possible to do that unless gravity is absurdly high?
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What is the chemical symbol for Mu-mesic atoms?

Is there a convention for chemical symbols of mu-mesic atoms, at least for ones bound to light atomic nuclei?
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Increasing number of neutrons in nucleus

I understand that the neutron-proton bonds in the nucleus creates the strong nuclear force but,how does increasing the number of neutrons in a nucleus affect electrostatic force, nuclear force and the ...
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Why aren't betavoltaics and alphavoltaics batteries widely used?

Betavoltaic batteries are devices which creates electricity from beta radiation of a radioactive material. Alphavoltaics operate similarly, using alpha radiation. The concept was invented roughly 50 ...
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Number of decays in a chain reaction

It is widely known that the probability of $n$ decays from one system to another $A \rightarrow B$ (e.g., electrons decaying from one atomic energy level to another or muons decaying into neutrinos ...
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Why does the addition of paramagnetic ions decrease the spin lattice relaxation time of protons?

My question pertains to NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance). $T_1$, the spin lattice relaxation time of protons in water is about 2.5 seconds. If you add some $CuSO_4$ (copper sulfate) to the water the ...
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Any FLOSS Monte-Carlo package for reactor physics? [closed]

Any FLOSS Monte-Carlo package for reactor physics? Are there any Free and Open Source software packages for nuclear reactor processes simulation? Maybe, something similar to MCNP?
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Is there a difference between “two photon absorption” and “double quantum transitions”?

Wikipedia has articles on two photon absorption. And a lot of NMR literature refers to double quantum transitions. But is there a difference? As far as I can tell, a double quantum transition is has ...
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Proton-proton bound state

There is something unclear for me. We say that the deuterium is a proton-neutron bound state of orbital angular momentum L=0 and of total spin S=1. I don't understand why can't we build such a state ...
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Nucleon-nucleon collision density

Can someone help me derive expression for nucleon-nucleon collision density as a function of transverse plane coordinates (ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions) using Wood-Saxon nuclear densities( ...
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1/r Counting Rate for Radiation Experiment

In an experiment performed in the lab, I want to justify that, when the width of the Geiger counter window is approximately the same size as the distance between the window and a mildly radioactive ...
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Wave Function of Particle in Nuclear Reaction

I was thinking and came up with the question of what happens to the wave function of a particle that decays into energy, say a neutron in a nuclear reaction. I know that conservation of probability ...