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Hard-core revelations

Our description of how the atomic nucleus holds together has up to now been entirely empirical. Arduous calculations starting from the theory of the strong nuclear force provide a new way into matter's hard core.

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Figure 1: The nucleon–nucleon potential.
Figure 2: Massive success.


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Wilczek, F. Hard-core revelations. Nature 445, 156–157 (2007).

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