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Surprising Insight into the World of Atomic Nuclei

Jülich, 20 October 2016 - How do neutrons and protons combine to form atomic nuclei? A new computer simulation has produced a surprising result to this question: if one single parameter was minimally altered in the simulation, it had fundamental effects on the structure of the nuclei. Our universe might therefore look quite different under slightly altered conditions. Alongside the University of Bonn, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Ruhr University Bochum, and two US universities also participated in the study. The results were published in the journal Physical Review Letters.

Original publication:

Serdar Elhatisari, Ning Li, Alexander Rokash, Jose Manuel Alarcon, Dechuan Du, Nico Klein, Bing-nan Lu, Ulf-G. Meißner, Evgeny Epelbaum, Hermann Krebs, Timo A. Lähde, Dean Lee, Gautam Rupak: Nuclear binding near a quantum phase transition; Physical Review Letters; DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.132501

Institute:

Institute of Nuclear Physics, Theory of the Strong Interactions (IKP-3/IAS-4)