Tally of all types of energy in the nucleus

In summary, the conversation discussed the possibility of tallying the complete energy associated with an atomic nucleus, including the total electric repulsion and kinetic energy of protons, as well as the total color-charge potential energy and kinetic energy of quarks within the nucleus. There were also questions about the contribution of magnetic energy from moving protons and quarks, and the discussion touched on the semi-empirical mass formula and the overall magnetic field of the nucleus.
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Has anyone ever tried to tally the complete energy associated with an atomic nucleus. For example, here is a partial list:

Total electric repulsion of protons within a nucleus
Total kinetic energy of protons with a nucleus
Total color-charge potential energy within a nucleus

Kinetic energy due to quarks within a nucleus?
If the protons are in motion, would they contribute a magnetic energy to the nucleus of the atom?
If the quarks are in motion, do they contribute a magnetic color energy to the nucleus?

Question marks mean that I am not sure if the question even makes sense.
 
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The semi-empirical mass formula splits the nuclear interactions into several groups. Note that those groups are somewhat arbitrary.
The mass of the protons comes from QCD binding energy (99%) and the mass of the quarks (1%). It is possible to split up the QCD binding energy in something that looks like a kinetic energy of the quarks, but that is problematic.

The overall nucleus can have a magnetic field. It doesn't make sense to look for individual protons (or neutrons) as origin - they are indistinguishable, you cannot say "proton 1 did that". It is produced by the whole nucleus.
 
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Excellent! That is what I am looking for. I will read through it and see if I have any other questions.
 

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1. What is the "Tally of all types of energy in the nucleus"?

The "Tally of all types of energy in the nucleus" refers to the sum of all the different forms of energy present in the nucleus of an atom. This includes both potential and kinetic energy.

2. What are the types of energy found in the nucleus?

The types of energy found in the nucleus include nuclear binding energy, which holds the nucleus together, and electromagnetic energy, which is responsible for the repulsion between positively charged protons.

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The "Tally of all types of energy in the nucleus" is calculated by adding together the contributions from all the different types of energy present in the nucleus, taking into account their respective magnitudes and directions.

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