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

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Probability of nuclear decay of small staring number of atoms

I came across a rather dubious question that a teacher had put in a power point. It said something like,"Given a sample of 100 atoms of isotope x, after one half life of the said isotope, how many ...
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Fission bomb: How much of it burns?

I am wondering about measured data on how efficient fission bombs were say the first ones. Since the fission in chain reaction releases large amounts of energy in fractions of a second, I imagine ...
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Why do products of nuclear decay have a lower mass than the original nucleus, when the sum of the mass of its nucleons is larger? [duplicate]

I've just started covering the topic of binding energy in Year 13 at school (final year before University). The definition we've been given of binding energy is that it is the work done when ...
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How is the temperature of a star related to gravity?

As far as I know the Sun gets its energy from the fusion reaction, where Hydrogen is converted into Helium. I was watching an episode of Cosmos: A spacetime odyssey. There Neil deGrasse Tyson said, ...
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Assigning values of angular momentum transfer

How do the shapes of the experimentally measured differential scattering or transfer cross sections help in assigning reliable angular momentum transfer values?
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Harvesting energy from hot, radioactive fuel from nuclear reactors

I have a couple of questions about nuclear reactors used for electricity generation. a) If the spent fuel is still radioactive and quite hot, why is it disposed off ? Why can't its energy be used / ...
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Conceptual doubts regarding the Emission Spectrum

I was reading up on the emission spectra and the author of my textbook states that If you expose a container of gas at low pressure to a strong electric field, light is emitted from the gas. ...
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Model of the nucleus as fermi gas

I am taking an introductory course in modern physics, and am reviewing some of the exams from previous years. In our course, we studies the Fermi gas model for electrons in a metal. In one of the ...
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How is the interaction radius of fusion reactants determined?

To calculate the Coulomb barrier between two fusion reactants, the interaction radius (also called the fusion radius), r, must be known. How do I find the interaction radii of different nuclei?
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Are Geiger counters isotope-specific?

I was talking with an employee at a company that does I-131 therapy for hyperthyroidism and they said that the Geiger counters they use are "tuned" for I-131, implying that regular Geiger counters are ...
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How to choose which elements to use when synthesizing an ultra-heavy element?

I've been told that synthetic ultra-heavy elements are produced by bombarding a light nucleus into a heavy one, and that several combinations are (at least in theory) possible, as long as the sum of ...
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Condition for the perfect triaxial body [closed]

Why do a nucleus (body) having asymmetry parameter gamma=30 degree called as perfect triaxial nucleus?
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Conceptual doubt regarding Nuclear Energy Levels

I was recently studying about nuclear energy levels and frankly, I thought that I understood the concept pretty well. However, this little problem showed me how wrong I was. The problem is given below:...
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Is it possible for oxygen in the ocean to undergo nuclear fusion?

Could the oxygen in the ocean undergo oxygen burning (uncontrolled self-sustained fusion) if struck by a very large meteor or exposed to a similarly devastating cosmic catastrophe? Is it possible for ...
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What does it mean for a state to have a negative partial decay width?

I don't understand what it means when a particular decay mode has a negative partial decay width. I'm guessing the total decay width for a particular system must always be positive (now that wouldn't ...
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Is it feasible to convert the energy of gamma-photons from gamma-emitting nuclear isomers into electrical power?

It is known that gamma rays emitted by nuclear isomers, naturally occurring or manufactured, carry huge amounts of energy. Co-60 for example decays into the isomeric state of Ni-60 by $\beta ^-$ ...
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Prompt gamma emission vs gamma decay

I understand prompt gamma emission to mean gamma emission in a time period shorter than a second. I understand gamma decay to be the relaxion of a nucleus into a lower energy level by emission of a ...
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Why is a nearby nucleus required for Pair Creation?

I was recently studying Pair Production and Annihilation. The author mentions that a nearby nucleus is required when the photon materialises into a particle and an anti-particle. The explanation given ...
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Beta decay of radiocarbon

I read some weird equation on wikipedia about the beta decay of radiocarbon: ${^{14}_{6}C} \rightarrow {^{14}_{7}N} + e^{-} + \overline{\nu_{e}}$ The problem with this equation that it does not ...
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Adding many more neutrons to a nucleus decreases stability?

If you take any large nucleus and add protons to it, the electrostatic repulsion between them will make the nucleus more unstable, because the electrostatic force between them is more repulsive at a ...
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What happens to covalent bonds after the nuclear transmutation of an atom in a molecule?

What happens when we have a decaying atom in a molecule, which has covalent bonds with other atoms? I assume some of the bonds will cease to exists, but I did not manage to find any rule about which ...
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Probability of $\alpha$-decay

In standard Gamow model we assume that $\alpha$ particle is already in the nucleus, i.e. four nucleons are "glued" together and this particle is emitted. So, we assume that the probability of the ...
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Can a material made of a heavier isotope of an element become harder or stronger?

I was wondering if any experiments have been done to measure if there is a change in the hardness or strength of a material made solely of a heavier isotope of an element which is a constituent of the ...
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Showing that $\lambda$ is the probability per unit time that one particle will decay in 1 second

My textbook says that $\lambda$ is the probability per unit time that 1 particle will decay in one second. This makes absolutely no sense to me - I can see that it is related to probability but cannot ...
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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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Why don't we have more elements?

By looking at the number of subatomic particles there seem to exist, there should be thousands of element configuration combinations possible. But we have found just over hundred elements to exist. ...
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Two isobars they differ in binding energy, will they differ in radius as well?

It is a problem from introduction to nuclear physics- by krane, chapter: nuclear properties, problem 7. It goes like this: From the known masses of $_{~~8} ^{15}\rm O$ and $_{~~7}^{15}\rm N$, compute ...
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Can a half life be given in electron volts?

I'm using this link to search for particular energies in which gammas may be emitted (for nuclide identification on a gamma spectrum). If on the above link you go down to the "γ condition #1" line, ...
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Semiclassical interpretation of angular anisotropy in nuclear decay angular correlation studies?

Sometime ago a number of $\gamma-\gamma$, $\beta-\gamma$ and $\alpha-\gamma$ angular correlation studies were carried out to infer spin-parity assignments for cascades of decays from excited nuclear ...
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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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How effective are nuclear weapons in space?

When a nuclear bomb explodes it heats up the air surrounding it and a destructing shock wave is generated. Consider the same bomb exploding in space. This would be the case for example if we tried to ...
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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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Can the High beta fusion reactor work?

Are the claims made about the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_beta_fusion_reactor realistic? Can such a small fusion reactor really work?
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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 $90 kg/m^2$....
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Did Don Borghi's experiment show that neutrons can be synthesized purely from protons and electrons?

C. Borghi, C. Giori, and A. Dall'Olio published an article entitled "Experimental evidence of emission of neutrons from cold hydrogen plasma" appearing in Yad. Fiz. 56, 147-156 (July 1993) and Phys. ...
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Complex structures bound by nuclear forces ( nuclear molecules ?)

This is very hypothetical question. Consider all chemistry (even bio-chemistry) is just physics of valence electrons. Because solutions of Schroedinger equation for system of electrons and nuclei are ...
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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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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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The role of W bosons in the weak nuclear force and beta decay

I am a beginner Physics student and I am studying the weak nuclear force and how particle interactions work. Now, from my book and the Feynman diagram, I learned that a neutron can change into a ...
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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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What is the theoretical wattage output of a Tokamak fusion reactor?

By that I mean the complete radiative wattage of any type of energetic radioactivity or electromagnetic wave or even particle if that's what they output. My purpose is to compare this to the suns ...
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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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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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Can we excite a nucleus by means of very intense low energy gamma-photon irradiation?

The phenomenon of multi-photon ionization of atoms has been studied, both theoretically and experimentally, for several decades. Intense laser beam devices are the apparatuses used for the ...
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In nuclear fusion reaction, what is the percentage of mass converted to energy?

I read somewhere that it is about one percent of the mass, but I find this too high. Also I have done some calculations, for example, the Tsar Bomba was 50 MT bomb and weighed about 27 tons. Although ...
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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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If quarks didn't have mass, could protons (and neutrons) exist?

I read here (mass of a proton) that the mass of a proton is mostly (99%) due to the energy of the strong nuclear force which binds the quarks together, and not the actual mass of the quarks. My ...
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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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Does the Nuclear reaction happen inside the fuel rods?

I've been reading up on nuclear reactors, and understand explanations of how it works, how water is heated to steam, which turns the turbines, etc.. I understand all of the safety features, and how ...