What are the big unanswered questions in nuclear physics?
Nov 25, 2013 4 comments
In less than 100 seconds, Peter Butler explains that while nuclear models have been highly successful, there are still many phenomena in nuclear physics yet to be fully understood. This includes the reasons for the existence of exceptionally tightly bound nuclei with "magic numbers" of protons and neutrons. Butler is also excited by the fact that experimentalists are starting to recreate conditions similar to those that existed just an instant after the Big Bang, when matter was severely compressed.
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