Title

Neutron Repulsion Confirmed as Energy Source

Abstract

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.

Department(s)

Chemistry

Keywords and Phrases

Neutron-Neutron Repulsion; Nucleon Interactions; Solar Energy

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

01640313

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2001 Springer Verlag, All rights reserved.


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