The Nuclear Force

  • Bogdan Povh
  • Klaus Rith
  • Christoph Scholz
  • Frank Zetsche
  • Werner Rodejohann
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)


The nuclear force is responsible for holding the nucleus together. This is an interaction between colourless nucleons and its range is of the same order of magnitude as the nucleon diameter. The physics of the interaction can be understood in terms of a potential. Information about this potential is derived from nucleon-nucleon scattering at low energies and from the properties of the deuteron, which is the simplest of all atomic nuclei. Attempts to describe the nature of the nuclear force in quark models and meson-exchange models are shortly presented.


Quadrupole Moment Nuclear Force Tensor Force Meson Exchange Repulsive Part 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bogdan Povh
    • 1
  • Klaus Rith
    • 2
  • Christoph Scholz
    • 3
  • Frank Zetsche
    • 4
  • Werner Rodejohann
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für KernphysikHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Department PhysikUniversität Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany
  3. 3.SAP AGWalldorfGermany
  4. 4.DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbHLangenGermany

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