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Key Nuclear Reaction Experiments

Discoveries and consequences
Hans Paetz gen. Schieck


In this book, the author charts the developments in nuclear physics since its inception around a century ago by reviewing the key experiments that helped drive and shape our understanding of the field, especially in the context of the wider developments in physics in the early 20th century. In addition to providing a path through the field and the crucial events it looks at how these experiments not only answered key questions at the time but presented new challenges to the contemporary perception of the nuclear and sub-atomic worlds and how they helped develop our present understanding of nuclear physics.

About Editors

Hans Paetz gen. Schieck is an emeritus professor of physics at the University of Cologne, a member and fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the German Physical Society DPG. He is the author of several books on nuclear physics and of many articles in refereed journals.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 2 Rutherford scattering and the atomic nucleus 3 The first true nuclear reaction and the discovery of the proton 4 Extended matter and charge distributions of nuclei 5 Halo nuclei and farewell to simple radius systematics 6 The particle zoo 7 Discovery of the neutron (nuclear kinematics, etc) 8 The first precise determination of the neutron mass and the binding energy of the deuteron 9 The first nuclear reaction with an accelerated beam and the Cockroft–Walton accelerator 10 Observation of direct interactions 11 Resonances and compound reactions 12 Nuclear reactions and tests of conservation laws 13 Scattering of identical nuclei, exchange symmetry and molecular resonances 14 Nuclear fission and nuclear energy 15 The first double scattering and polarization in p-4He and the (l·s) force 16 The first nuclear reaction of an accelerated polarized beam from a polarized ion source (Basel) 17 The discovery of giant resonances


Hardback ISBN: 9780750311748

Ebook ISBN: 9780750311731

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-1173-1

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


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