Saturday, 21 October, 2017
Nadia Fomin, assistant professor of physics, will present “Don't stand too close to me: short-range nucleon-nucleon repulsion” at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 21, as the third lecture in Physics for Everyone, a series sponsored by UT’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Please find lecture abstract below:
We know that atoms are the building blocks of matter, and their nuclei are made of protons and neutrons. However, most of us picture a static objects with unmoving components. In reality, not only do these nucleons have structure, they are also quite dynamic, as we have learned from the last few decades of experiments. I will discuss the general subatomic features of the nucleons and focus on the short-range repulsion they experience while inside matter that can impart the nucleons with velocities that are non-negligible fractions of the speed of light!