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B 'classical' nuclear reaction

  1. Jan 23, 2017 #1
    good morning,
    I'd like to know if exsists a classical explanation and, of course, qualitative about the nuclear fission / fusion reactions.
    I would like to explain the development of external energy to considering only nuclear forces system
    in terms of internal mechanical energy and the fact that all forces are conservative.

    thank you
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  3. Jan 23, 2017 #2


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    The electromagnetic interaction together with a short-range nuclear interaction of classical nucleons (both parts of the semi-empirical mass formula) is sufficient to get some idea why fission of heavy elements and fusion of light elements can release energy.
    You won't understand the neutron to proton ratio in nuclei, beta decays, proton-proton fusion, the lack of helium+helium fusion and many other things with this simplified model, however.
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