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A What is the strength of the strong force in N units

  1. Jun 6, 2017 #1
    In addition.
    1. what is the presure of this force (alternativly wat is the efferctiv area it is acting on?....nucleai corrss section area?).
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    At the scales over which the strong force is relevant, it is not really appropriate to speak about forces. It is more accurate to talk about the strong interaction.
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    The typical length scale of the strong interaction is 1 femtometer, and the typical energy is 100 MeV. If you divide the two, you get 16000 N. This is not a force on anything, but it gives a rough idea how strong the strong interaction is.
    A crane can exert the same force on an object (e. g. to lift a car) - but the crane is made out of 1030 atoms, not just a single nucleus.
  5. Jun 15, 2017 #4

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    The strength of the strong force is usually given in terms of [itex]\alpha_s[/itex], the strong equivalent of the electromagnetic fine structure constant [itex]\alpha[/itex]. A difference between them is that [itex]\alpha_s[/itex] has a strong variation with momentum transfer in a given process.
    [itex]\alpha_s[/itex] is close to 1 at low energies, important for quark model and nuclear static properties, and about 0.1 around the mass of the Z vector boson. There are theoretical speculations that [itex]\alpha_s[/itex] would approach [itex]\alpha[/itex] as the momentum transfer became infinite.
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