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As an example, in this model which is not the modern one nitrogen consisted of a nucleus with 14 protons and 7 electrons 21 total particles and the nucleus was surrounded by 7 more orbiting electrons.

Around , Arthur Eddington anticipated the discovery and mechanism of nuclear fusion processes in stars , in his paper The Internal Constitution of the Stars.

This was a particularly remarkable development since at that time fusion and thermonuclear energy, and even that stars are largely composed of hydrogen see metallicity , had not yet been discovered. The Rutherford model worked quite well until studies of nuclear spin were carried out by Franco Rasetti at the California Institute of Technology in Rasetti discovered, however, that nitrogen had a spin of 1.

With the discovery of the neutron, scientists could at last calculate what fraction of binding energy each nucleus had, by comparing the nuclear mass with that of the protons and neutrons which composed it.

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Differences between nuclear masses were calculated in this way. Proca's equations of the massive vector boson field[ edit ] Alexandru Proca was the first to develop and report the massive vector boson field equations and a theory of the mesonic field of nuclear forces. In the Yukawa interaction a virtual particle , later called a meson , mediated a force between all nucleons, including protons and neutrons. This force explained why nuclei did not disintegrate under the influence of proton repulsion, and it also gave an explanation of why the attractive strong force had a more limited range than the electromagnetic repulsion between protons.

Later, the discovery of the pi meson showed it to have the properties of Yukawa's particle.

With Yukawa's papers, the modern model of the atom was complete. The center of the atom contains a tight ball of neutrons and protons, which is held together by the strong nuclear force, unless it is too large.

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Unstable nuclei may undergo alpha decay, in which they emit an energetic helium nucleus, or beta decay, in which they eject an electron or positron. After one of these decays the resultant nucleus may be left in an excited state, and in this case it decays to its ground state by emitting high energy photons gamma decay. The study of the strong and weak nuclear forces the latter explained by Enrico Fermi via Fermi's interaction in led physicists to collide nuclei and electrons at ever higher energies.

This research became the science of particle physics , the crown jewel of which is the standard model of particle physics which describes the strong, weak, and electromagnetic forces. Modern nuclear physics[ edit ] Main articles: Liquid-drop model , Nuclear shell model , and Nuclear structure A heavy nucleus can contain hundreds of nucleons.

This means that with some approximation it can be treated as a classical system , rather than a quantum-mechanical one.

In the resulting liquid-drop model , [19] the nucleus has an energy which arises partly from surface tension and partly from electrical repulsion of the protons. The liquid-drop model is able to reproduce many features of nuclei, including the general trend of binding energy with respect to mass number, as well as the phenomenon of nuclear fission.

Superimposed on this classical picture, however, are quantum-mechanical effects, which can be described using the nuclear shell model , developed in large part by Maria Goeppert Mayer [20] and J. Hans D. Other more complicated models for the nucleus have also been proposed, such as the interacting boson model , in which pairs of neutrons and protons interact as bosons , analogously to Cooper pairs of electrons.

Ab initio methods try to solve the nuclear many-body problem from the ground up, starting from the nucleons and their interactions. Nuclei may also have extreme shapes similar to that of Rugby balls or even pears or extreme neutron-to-proton ratios.

Experimenters can create such nuclei using artificially induced fusion or nucleon transfer reactions, employing ion beams from an accelerator. Beams with even higher energies can be used to create nuclei at very high temperatures, and there are signs that these experiments have produced a phase transition from normal nuclear matter to a new state, the quark—gluon plasma , in which the quarks mingle with one another, rather than being segregated in triplets as they are in neutrons and protons.

Main articles: Radioactivity and Valley of stability Eighty elements have at least one stable isotope which is never observed to decay, amounting to a total of about stable isotopes. However, thousands of isotopes have been characterized as unstable.

These "radioisotopes" decay over time scales ranging from fractions of a second to trillions of years. Plotted on a chart as a function of atomic and neutron numbers, the binding energy of the nuclides forms what is known as the valley of stability. Stable nuclides lie along the bottom of this energy valley, while increasingly unstable nuclides lie up the valley walls, that is, have weaker binding energy.

The most stable nuclei fall within certain ranges or balances of composition of neutrons and protons: too few or too many neutrons in relation to the number of protons will cause it to decay.

For example, in beta decay a nitrogen atom 7 protons, 9 neutrons is converted to an oxygen atom 8 protons, 8 neutrons [23] within a few seconds of being created. In this decay a neutron in the nitrogen nucleus is converted by the weak interaction into a proton, an electron and an antineutrino.

The element is transmuted to another element, with a different number of protons. In alpha decay which typically occurs in the heaviest nuclei the radioactive element decays by emitting a helium nucleus 2 protons and 2 neutrons , giving another element, plus helium In many cases this process continues through several steps of this kind, including other types of decays usually beta decay until a stable element is formed.

In gamma decay , a nucleus decays from an excited state into a lower energy state, by emitting a gamma ray.

The element is not changed to another element in the process no nuclear transmutation is involved. Other more exotic decays are possible see the first main article.

For example, in internal conversion decay, the energy from an excited nucleus may eject one of the inner orbital electrons from the atom, in a process which produces high speed electrons, but is not beta decay , and unlike beta decay does not transmute one element to another. Nuclear fusion[ edit ] In nuclear fusion , two low mass nuclei come into very close contact with each other, so that the strong force fuses them.

It requires a large amount of energy for the strong or nuclear forces to overcome the electrical repulsion between the nuclei in order to fuse them; therefore nuclear fusion can only take place at very high temperatures or high pressures. When nuclei fuse, a very large amount of energy is released and the combined nucleus assumes a lower energy level.

The binding energy per nucleon increases with mass number up to nickel Stars like the Sun are powered by the fusion of four protons into a helium nucleus, two positrons , and two neutrinos. View more FAQ's about Ebooks. The National Academies Press and the Transportation Research Board have partnered with Copyright Clearance Center to offer a variety of options for reusing our content.

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Where do I get eBook files? Overview Contents Rights Stats. National Research Council. Nuclear Physics. Washington, DC:Some relatively small quantities of elements beyond helium lithium, beryllium, and perhaps some boron were created in the Big Bang, as the protons and neutrons collided with each other, but all of the "heavier elements" carbon, element number 6, and elements of greater atomic number that we see today, were created inside stars during a series of fusion stages, such as the proton-proton chain , the CNO cycle and the triple-alpha process.

The final version of this book has not been published yet. He was appointed as Chairman, Board of Studies In this decay a neutron in the nitrogen nucleus is converted by the weak interaction into a proton, an electron and an antineutrino. Other more exotic decays are possible see the first main article.

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