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Speaker:
Bill Stubbs
The Alpha-Beta Model of the Atomic Nucleus

Date: 2010-10-23 Time: 07:00 - 09:00 US/Pacific (8 years 4 months ago)
America/Los Angeles: 2010-10-23 07:00 (DST)
America/New York: 2010-10-23 10:00 (DST)
America/Sao Paulo: 2010-10-23 11:00
Europe/London: 2010-10-23 14:00
Asia/Colombo: 2010-10-23 19:30
Australia/Sydney: 2010-10-24 01:00 (DST)

Where: Online Video Conference
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Description

The alpha-beta model of the atomic nucleus will be presented as an alternative to the traditional proton-neutron model, a model that has been in place for nearly 80 years, yet still struggles to characterize its central component, the strong force. The alpha-beta model will show that nucleons can be modeled as positive and negative beta particles (positrons and electrons) instead of up and down quarks; and that nucleons can bind together by sharing these particles rather than by some strong force. The model will also show that atomic nuclei can be modeled simply and systematically, using simple structures connected together by simple bonds; and that complex nuclei are just combinations of simpler ones. The model provides for alternate explanations of nuclear phenomena such as alpha decay, beta decay, nuclear fission and nuclear fusion that call into question the need for a weak force or a strong force.