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Isoscalar nucleus

  1. Oct 27, 2009 #1
    What is an isoscalar nucleus?

    I guess it should be a nucleus with isospin T=0.

    In the place where I encountered it, it seems to refer to a nucleus with equal number of neutrons and protons. An isoscalar target should necessarily have equal number of neutrons and protons. But as far as I can see, equal number of neutrons and protons does not mean an isoscalar target.

    Is that right, or am I missing something?
     
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  3. Oct 27, 2009 #2

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    No, you're right. An isoscalar target should be one with T=0, but in fact, it means "same number of neutrons as protons". That's just the way things are.
     
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