Explaining the Nuclides

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The first ten elements take us from Hydrogen to Neon. However they have many nuclides, about 140. (Nuclides, or isotopes, are nucleus variants with different numbers of neutrons).

There are many unsolved problems in this area. How are the protons and neutrons arranged in the nucleus? What makes some combinations of protons and neutrons stable, and others not? Why do the series start and stop where they do? How does the strong force bind protons and neutrons in nuclear structures? How do point particles make up a nucleus with volume?

All this continues to be a mystery, a century after Rutherford’s discovery of the nucleus. Current theories for this area, e.g. magic numbers, QCD, and the SEMF, don’t have answers, despite having working at the problem for half a century or more.

The whole thing needs a total re-think at the fundamental level, and we propose starting with what it means to be a ‘particle’.  Quantum mechanics (QM) is built on the assumption that particles are zero-dimensional points. What if quantum mechanics was wrong? What are the alternatives?

One option is to assume that particles really do have internal structures. This is called a hidden-variable solution.  However trying to find a workable version has been an insurmountable difficulty, and most people in physics have given up trying. We have had some success in this, in the form of the Cordus theory. This is a non-local hidden-variable (NLHV) design. Even so, explaining the nuclides from first principles, whether with QM or a NLHV design, is a formidable task that has not been solved.

Consequently, we plan to approach it in stages. Here’s where we have got to:

STAGE A: Create a theory for how the strong force works. [DONE] In the Cordus theory this corresponds to a synchronous interaction. As a bonus, we also get force unification. Read the journal paper here http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/apr.v5n5107

STAGE B: Elucidate how the synchronous interaction applies to proton and neutrons. [DONE] Surprisingly, it turns out that there are two versions, not just one, of the this force. We worked out how this would affect the bonding of protons and neutrons. This gave us an explanation  of what the neutron is doing in the nucleus. As a bonus, we also got the nuclear structures of the hydrogen nuclides. And as a further bonus, we were able to explain why both 1H0 and 1H1 are stable. So that is ‘Hi!’ sorted. Read the preprint here http://viXra.org/abs/1309.0010

STAGE C: Discover how larger collections of protons and neutrons join together. [DONE] Unexpectedly, the theory suggests the protons and neutrons form a nuclear polymer. Generally this is a closed loop. We find the design capable of accepting three-nucleon assemblies, in the form of Bridge neutrons. As a bonus, we find the nuclides of Helium. So that is Hi! ‘He..’ done.   Read the preprint here http://vixra.org/abs/1310.0007

That’s all the progress to report for now.

STAGE D: Predict the nuclide structure. Interpret the trends in the table of nuclides. [WORK IN PROGRESS] H and He are easy nuclides. After this it get tougher. We are working on it and hope to report back shortly.


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  1. #1 by Abraham Avaa on July 11, 2016 - 10:46 pm

    we are thinking of developing and setting up an electron spectrometer which will be used to study E0-State in light nuclei at iThemba LABS. What do you think about this project?

  2. #2 by Dirk Pons on July 20, 2016 - 6:41 pm

    Nuclear structure is such a big field, with many opportunities for discovery, and there are so many different potential approaches and work streams. We don’t have experience in your field so can’t advise. However what we can say from our conceptual work is it that we expect nuclear shape properties to show selective dependency on relative orientation (spin) of probe and target particles, and on probe energy, This because electron spin is presumed to have a physical nature at the sub-particle level, and the assembly of the nucleus creates a similar, though more condensed, spatial structure, such that the two particles have preferential morphological interactions.
    Good luck with your project.

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