Authors: Peter Horst Rehm
An unheralded property of the electrostatic force is that as the distance between charges approaches zero the force increases exponentially without bound. Applied to the nucleus, if a positive fractional charge in one nucleon can get close enough to a negative fractional charge in a neighboring nucleon, the attractive force between them can overcome the repulsive force among protons. An effective distance of about 5% of the radius of a nucleon corresponds to an attractive force of -25 kN, which is consistent with the nuclear force as previously measured. As positive and negative fractional charges occur in both protons and neutrons, this charge-based attraction can potentially occur in a manner that is independent of the net charge of each nucleon. This form of electrostatic bonding may therefore be a significant factor in the nuclear force and may shed light upon the structure of the nucleons and the atomic nucleus.
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