QCD and a new paradigm for nuclear structure
CSSM and ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale,School of Chemistry and Physics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide SA 5005, Australia
a Supported by the Australian Research Council through grants DP150103101 and CE110001104.
Published online: 5 September 2016
We review the reasons why one might choose to seriously re-examine the traditional approach to nuclear theory where nucleons are treated as immutable. This examination leads us to argue that the modification of the structure of the nucleon when immersed in a nuclear medium is fundamental to how atomic nuclei are built. Consistent with this approach we suggest key experiments which should tell us unambiguously whether there is such a change in the structure of a bound nucleon. We also briefly report on extremely promising recent calculations of the structure of nuclei across the periodic table based upon this idea.
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