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

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Electric transition probability of a nucleus B(El)

This is a broad question. What are the implications of the B(El) values, that are used to explain the transition of a nucleus to a state where l units of angular momentum are transferred? What all ...
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Can a perfect insulator, i.e. matter devoid of all electrons conduct electricity?

Few weeks ago an article on Nautilus was published on Neutron stars. After reading that, a question was asked by a friend of mine. He asked if matter in neutron star would be able to transfer ...
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Meaning of mean free path expressed as kg/m^2?

In the paper "The Question of Pure Fusion Explosions under the CTBT" at reference 12, the equation for the neutron dose from the fusion of a small amount of DT gas is given, with a term of $90 ...
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Could the $\gamma$ ray “weaken law” be used in the air?

I'd better write it down. I do not know if it is called "weaken law" in English. $$N=N_0e^{-\mu d}$$ $N$ is the initial number of photons. $N_0$ is the amount measured after passing through an ...
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What is the reason behind the very high value of nuclear density? [closed]

I know how to arrive at the formula but I want to know it's such a huge number almost 2 X 1017 kg m-3, which is a huge number, all the more surprising to me is that it's a constant! Each and every ...
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Notation in a neutron star superfluidity

In this article "Neutron Star and Superfluidity", by Ka Wai Lou: http://guava.physics.uiuc.edu/~nigel/courses/569/Essays_Fall2010/Files/lo.pdf symbols as $^1S_0$ and $^3 P_2$ are shown, but I not sure ...
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Baryons annihilation

I was wondering if there is a way of calculate the annihilation cross section for two baryons, say $p\bar p\to\pi\pi$ or $p\bar p\to\gamma\gamma$. The problem here is that we cannot use the usual ...
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Atoms traveling at the speed of light [closed]

If an atom was to travel at the speed of light (although impossible), wouldn't the nucleus break apart? I say this because the particles holding the protons together in the nucleus wouldn't be able to ...
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How does mass affect the range of a nuclear particle?

Heavy particles such as protons and alpha particles of certain energy will lose all their energies in a definite distance in a medium, and this distance is called the range. The range is the distance ...
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Is there any aspect of an explosion resulting from a nuclear weapon test that cannot be simulated using super computers?

This Washington Post news article states that with the advent of computer simulation of nuclear tests, live tests are no longer needed. Generally speaking there are 3 aspects of an explosion ...
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Could anyone explain to me how the products of nuclear fusion/fission are predicted? [duplicate]

I have an idea of how quantum mechanics work, but I know too little to understand which products are a result of certain reactions like bombarding a certain atom with neutrons or just by natural ...
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Bonding Two Cationic Hydrogen Isotopes (protium) yields H2 or He?

If you have two hydrogen atoms. And they are the isotope form "Protium" (1 neutron removed) and they are also cationized +1 (1 electron removed) then you have (in a sense) a single proton (two of them ...
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Local nuclear magnetic field compared to macroscopic field

In an NMR experiment, I the local magnetic flux density of an iron sample was found to be roughly 33 T, by checking for a resonance frequency of the magnetic dipoles. How can it be that such a high ...
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$SU(3)$ Tensor Methods in a Tetraquark

I am trying to understand the Georgi chapter of tensor methods in $SU(3)$ representations, and I don't know how to resolve the tensor product of 2 matrices in a 2 heavy quark + 2 light antiquark ...
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Quark axial-vector current in nucleion

In almost all direct detection articles (see for example Jungman, G., Kamionkowski, M. & Griest, K., 1996. Supersymmetric dark matter) I found the following parametrization for the matrix element ...
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Peak in continous energy spectrum

I was reading online about particle decay. For the decay of Strontium-90 to Yttrium-90, a beta particle is emitted. The energy distribution of beta particle is continuous. If I know that the maximum ...
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What is the relation between Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR)? [duplicate]

It seems to me that the basic principles are exactly the same, right? Then I am puzzled that the former was awarded a nobel prize while the later not. I noticed a similar question here What's the ...
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Disintegration of deuteron into n & p by a gamma ray - energy considerations

I was working through a problem that has a Deuteron of mass $M$ and binding energy $B$ disintegrated by a $\gamma$-ray of energy $E_\gamma$ into a neutron and proton. It proceeds to ask to find the ...
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Physical meaning of parity in nuclear decays

I think it has to do with asymmetry in direction during emission of decay products .also what is implied physically when we say parity is violated in beta decays? I cannot imagine 'l' having an odd ...
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Parkhomov's E-cat reproduction [closed]

In the beginning of the year, Professor Alexander Parkhomov of Lomonosov Moscow State University claimed to have replicated (as read in e.g. Wired) of the E-cat functioning, albeit with lower effect. ...
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Is the direction of gamma-ray emission by a nucleus totally random?

Let's consider an excited nucleus emitting one gamma-ray (not cascade etc). Is the direction of gamma-ray emission completely random? In other words, is the probability to detect this gamma equal for ...
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Predict decay chain of a radioactive element

I know there are tables of decay chain of radioactive elements. Is there a way to predict the whole chain from the first radioactive element?
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Which force accelerates product particles in nuclear reactions?

In nuclear reactions, the difference between the binding energy of the reactants and that of the products is converted to the thermal energy of the products. Is the Coulomb force that actually gives ...
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Why not dilute radioactive waste?

Radioactive wastes are dangerous because unstable elements are too concentrated. Originally radioactive elements come from nature where they were very diluted and that's why they were secure. So why ...
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Change in the half-life of a neutron

What would happen if the half-life of a neutron was much more less than it is now? How could this affect the nuclei?
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Nuclear transmutation of radioactive waste using high-energy neutrons

How likely does this work: Accelerate neutrons to as high energy as possible (particle accelerators/ cosmic rays ...) and hit (small samples of) our radioactive waste with it such that it is converted ...
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Beta Decay: Fermi and Gamov-Teller decays for Neutron - >Proton Decay. Both are possible?

So I've been reading this textbook that says a decay from Neutron to Proton is $n$ -> $ p $ gives a $\frac{1}{2}^{+}$ -> $\frac{1}{2}^{+} $ decay This is corresponds to $\triangle I=0$ which is a ...
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Reason why stars do not produce elements heavier than iron

In his book "Origins", Neil deGrasse Tyson says that "if you seek to split iron nuclei apart, you must them with additional energy. On the other hand, if you combine iron atoms they will also absorb ...
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Nuclear Fusion using magnetic fields

I was wondering if you could use a very strong magnetic field to produce nuclear fusion. The basic idea is a spherical cavity containing Deuterium (and possibly tritium) nuclei whose walls will be ...
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Can energy be weighed?

The binding energy of nucleus is calculated as- Mass defect = (Total mass of nucleons-Mass of the nucleus) And after that $E=mc^2$ is used for calculating the binding energy. Hot water is heavier ...
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Why are Electromagnetism, Strong & Weak Nuclear and Gravitational Forces different?

If they are different then why the only thing that we 'see' in them, and that identifies them, the so called 'force' as we call and see it, is same among them all.
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Effects of massive magnetic field generated by operation of the large hadron collider?

I read an article about the CERN large hadron collider in which it talks about the magnetic field that is generated while the LHC is operating. A magnetic field more than 100,000 times more powerful ...
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Mass conservation during $\beta^+$ and $\beta^-$ decay?

During the above mentioned decays the following happens $$n\to p+e^{-} \ and \ p\to n+e^{+}$$ then i assumed that this implied $$m_n=m_p+m_{e^{-}} \ and \ m_p=m_n+m_{e^{+}}$$ but by adding both sides ...
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Why is this nuclear reaction $p\to n+e^++\nu$ forbidden for a free proton? [closed]

Why is this nuclear reaction forbiden for a free proton? $$p\to n+e^++\nu$$ Where $p$ is the proton, $n$ is a neutron, $e^+$ is a positron, and $\nu$ is a neutrino. What i´ve been thinking is because ...
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Probe the nucleus by using high energy particles

Why alpha particles would give better resolution than protons moving at the same speed? Can it be explained by Heisenberg uncertainty?
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Does the population of higher level s-shells affect the decay rate of alpha emitters?

Consider a nuclide like $\mathrm{^{232}Th}$, which has a half-life of 1.4e10 years and which decays by $\alpha$ decay to $\mathrm{^{228}Ra}$. Alpha decay is a quantum mechanical tunneling process in ...
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What happens to mass during beta decay?

Sorry for being ignorant, but I'm in high school and our chemistry teacher barely went over beta decay. I decided to do some research and learned that in β+ decay, positrons are emitted from protons ...
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Does the rest mass energy include the potential energy of the particle?

The potential energy (as far as I have studied - that is, mainly classical physics) depends on the reference level, since its absolute value cannot be calculated. It can therefore be negative as well. ...
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Why can't a nuclear reactor be used as a rocket motor?

Nuclear fission, and potentially fusion, reactors generate vast amounts of energy, primarily as heat. What stops us from harnessing that energy to propel spacecraft at or above escape velocity from ...
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Diffusion of magnetization (NMR)

In the context of MRI I'm trying to understand the mechanisms of magnetization diffusion. Consider a sample that is magnetized by an external magnetic field. We have displacement of magnetic moment ...
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Does chemical energy contribute to mass? [duplicate]

Does chemical energy contribute to the mass of an object? I don't mean the bond energy, but the possible energy that could be released (i.e. Does an atom of oxygen and a molecule of hydrogen (H2) have ...
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How the number of binary collisions increases with centrality faster than the number of participant in heavy ion collisions?

How the number of binary collisions increases with centrality faster than the number of participant in heavy ion collisions at different particle colliders?
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Nuclear to Electricity Energy Conversion

Currently nuclear power generates heat, which heats water into steam that turns conventional turbines. The energy conversion is as follows: photonic->heat->kinetic->electric This would result in low ...
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Why is the Spin of the photon neglected?

We know photons have spin s=1. However, in Nuclear physics, the conservation of angular momentum in case of Gamma transitions is employed as follows: $$\vec J_i=\vec J_f+\vec L$$ where $J_i$ is the ...
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Why is boron so good at neutron absorption?

Why is boron so good at absorbing neutrons? Why does it have such a large target area compared to the size of its nucleus?
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In a nuclear reaction, where does the energy go?

Lets say two hydrogen fuse together, where does the energy released go? Is it carried away as momentum imparted on the helium atom? Is it carried away in neutrinos? Is it carried away as gamma rays? ...
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Mass loss for Fusion energy? [closed]

I am thinking how you can estimate the mass loss of the fusion energy for 1 kWh. I think you cannot use Einstein's $E=mc^2$ to calculate the mass loss in the fusion reaction of the Sun. How can ...
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Characteristic Ka X-rays [closed]

In an experiment one observes the characteristic Ka X-rays of two elements at energies of 6.930 and 7.478 eV. The higher energy line is due to Ni. What element is responsible for the lower energy ...
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Positive/negative octupole moment of nuclei?

Does octupole moment of nuclear charge distribution show any positive/negative character, like the quadrupole moment does? Quadrupole moment has prolate and oblate types, but what about ...
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Why do heavy nuclei have half lives

Why do heavy nuclei have half-lives if they are unstable why do they take millions of years to break down in some cases why don't they simple do it instantly? What makes them stay together?