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Nuclear physics

Nucleons come together

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Certain light nuclei can be described in terms of crystal-like arrangements of α-particles, which consist of two protons and two neutrons. The nature of the strong interaction within nuclei may explain such structures. See Letter p.341

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Figure 1: Clustering in neon.

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Freer, M. Nucleons come together. Nature 487, 309–310 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/487309a

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