Year: 2018 Pages: 3
It has always been a mystery how the protons of an atom manage to stick together in an atom. Protons should repel each other. The strong force has been proposed as the mechanism for holding protons together, however, it isn't clear how such a force could work which is extremely strong at close range, but doesn't exist at all at larger ranges. The strong force also doesn't explain why neutrons are present in the atom and what purpose they serve in making the atom stable. This paper proposes that it is actually the neutrons which provide the electrostatic "glue" that is necessary to hold the protons together.