Neutron Repulsion Confirmed as Energy Source
Systematic properties of heavy nuclides reveal a fine structure in Coulomb energy that parallels variations in mass arising from n-n interactions between neutrons. These results confirm an earlier suggestion that n-n interactions in the nucleus are repulsive. Neutron emission may release up to 1.1%-2.4% of the nuclear rest mass as energy. By comparison, 0.8% of the rest mass is converted to energy in hydrogen fusion and 0.1% is converted to energy in fission. Neutron emission in the core of the Sun may trigger a series of reactions that collectively produce the Sun's luminosity and an outpouring of protons and neutrinos from its surface.
O. Manuel et al., "Neutron Repulsion Confirmed as Energy Source," Journal of Fusion Energy, vol. 20, pp. 197-201, Springer New York, Dec 2001.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1023485018692
Keywords and Phrases
Neutron-Neutron Repulsion; Nucleon Interactions; Solar Energy
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