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Nuclear Binding and Half-Lives

David L. Bergman
Year: 2002 Pages: 8
Keywords: Validation, Quantum tunneling, Radioactivity, Strong and weak forces
Strong electromagnetic forces inside the atom hold its nucleus together. When the forces are barely strong enough, a particle may escape the nucleus. By modeling the nucleus according to the proposals of Lucas [1, 2] and Bergman [3, 4], researchers Boudreaux1 and Baxter2 have explained and predicted the time required for half the nuclei in specific isotopic species to undergo radioactive decay.