Nuclear Systematics: II. The Cradle of the Nuclides
The nuclear energy surface is presented as three-dimensional (3-D) plots of mass or atomic number versus charge density versus average energy per nucleon. These plots reveal a trough or "cradle of the nuclides." Stable and long-lived nuclides are located in the valley. Those that are radioactive or are easily destroyed by fusion or fission occupy higher positions. Separate modes of nucleosynthesis fill the cradle from different directions and produce distinct occupancy levels, i.e., different abundance patterns. The cradle can be used to estimate the properties of nuclear matter that cannot be studied in the laboratory.
O. Manuel et al., "Nuclear Systematics: II. The Cradle of the Nuclides," Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, vol. 251, pp. 417-422, Springer Verlag, Mar 2002.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1014878024347
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Article; Atomic Particle; Density; Molecular Weight; Nuclear Energy; Particle Size; Radioactivity; Synthesis; Taxonomy
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