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Correlations and Clustering Phenomena in Subatomic Physics

  • M. N. Harakeh
  • J. H. Koch
  • O. Scholten

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 359)

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Introduction

In many areas of physics, such as astrophysics, solid-state physics, nuclear physics and particle physics, a major outstanding problem is a better understanding of corre­ lation phenomena. While in most cases the average properties of a system are rather well understood, the correlations and the resulting clustering are poorly understood. They are reflections of the force mediating the interaction among the constituents and play essential roles in determining the structure of a physical system. At the largest scales, in astrophysics, it has recently been realized that there are huge voids in space and almost all matter is concentrated on filaments, raising interesting questions concerning the origin of this clustering of matter. In nuclear physics corre­ lation phenomena are important in all its subfields. It has been realized that so-called fluctuations in the one-particle density, which are a manifestation of nucleon-nucleon correlations, are crucial. These are important for an understanding of heavy-ion reac­ tions. This is the subject of modern quantum transport theories. Correlations are also crucial in the description of the high momentum components as observed in quasi-elastic knock-out reactions.

Keywords

Meson Particle Physics Quark astrophysics atomic physics interferometry nuclear physics nucleon

Editors and affiliations

  • M. N. Harakeh
    • 1
  • J. H. Koch
    • 2
  • O. Scholten
    • 1
  1. 1.Nuclear Physics Accelerator InstituteGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.National Institute for Nuclear Physics and High-Energy PhysicsUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-1366-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-1368-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-1366-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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