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Nuclear mass distribution 
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Apr1014, 11:42 AM

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Hi.
This may be a trivial question, but I'm unable to find a definitve answer. How is the mass on a atomic nucleus distributed? I read somewhere that it was uniformly distributed, and somewhere else that it resembled a normal distribution. Can you help me out? Thank you. 


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Apr1214, 03:06 PM

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Apr1214, 04:05 PM

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Nuclear mass distribution
Roughly uniform in the center, and then relatively sharp edges. Apart from halo nuclei, but they are exotic and not longliving.



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Apr1214, 06:01 PM

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And of course many nuclei are ellipsoidal rather than spherical.



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