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Nuclear Physics in a Nutshell by Carlos A. Bertulani

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4 General Properties of Nuclei

4.1 Introduction

The basic properties of nucleons were presented in chapters 1, 2, and 3, together with the development of the deuteron theory. Our purpose in this and the following chapters is to study the physics of nuclei with any number A of nucleons, to establish the systematics of their properties, and to present the theories that aim to explain them. However, the approach we have followed for the deuteron is not applicable here. The Schrödinger equation is already not exactly soluble for a three-nucleon system, and to establish the properties of a heavy nucleus starting from the interaction of all its constituents is not a feasible task. The reasonable approach is the use of idealized models that incorporate ...

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