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Thinking about xenon-135.

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Have you ever thought about Xe-135, in terms of its fundamental nuclear physics, and asked yourself, just how in the world it can be like that, so completely unlike any other nuclide known, in terms of its unnatural, incredible neutron cross section?

Can anybody give me any insight, any understanding, of the physics that determines just how it can be that way? I’m quite interested.


Written by Luke Weston

October 7, 2008 at 6:17 pm

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  1. Simply put, no.

    The only insight would come from solving the residual strong interaction equations for Xe-135, quite an ordeal, vastly beyond our current computational abilities.

    So, as long we don’t have the eta-flops supercomputers capable of this feat, the only answer is “because this is the way things are”.

    On the bright side, it means that there is still a lot of room for experimental nuclear physics.


    October 7, 2008 at 8:02 pm

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