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Homework Help: Nuclear force saturation

  1. Apr 26, 2005 #1
    I have solutions to a past paper essay question that indicates that the student should explain the saturation of the nuclear force in terms of the stability of the helium nucleus. I do not see how to do this, I can only explain the saturation of the force in that the nuclear biniding energy is proprtional to A, not A squared.
    So, how does the stability of the helium nucleus indicate the nuclear force is saturated?
     
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  3. Apr 26, 2005 #2

    OlderDan

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    This might be of some help

    http://www.applet-magic.com/semiempirical.htm

    At a fairly simple level, I think the stability of the helium nucleus is an indication of saturation because there are no stable nuclei with 5 nucleons, indicating that there is not enough force to bind and additional nucleon to a helium nucleus. Hence, saturation
     
  4. Apr 26, 2005 #3
    Thank you very much.
     
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