Subatomic

Some Thoughts on Spin

Detailed study of the characteristics of the so-called nucleus of the atom has not been carried out by Larson. Therefore we have undertaken this much needed investigation and been reporting our results.[1-3]

It has been our experience that such investigation hardly ever proceeds in a strictly serial manner. Rather, it is more akin to the process of fitting the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together. Nascent understanding gradually builds up and evolves from various seemingly diverse starting points, the concepts on each line of thinking modifying the ones on other lines, and in turn themselves getting modified by the latter. Eventually a nexus of coherent structure ensues. The thoughts presented in this article too constitute such a preliminary group of ideas that might serve to crystallize some of the earlier concepts enunciated on the topic of the so-called atomic nucleus.

The Lifetime of the Neutron

Theoretical findings of the Reciprocal System indicate that the neutron exists in two forms: as the massless type, M ½-½-0, and as the compound type, M 1-1-(1) == C (½)-(½)-1. As matters now stand, while the massless neutron is unobserved, the compound neutron is identified as the observed neutron. Larson1 shows how the mass of the compound neutron, calculated from the Reciprocal System, agrees with the observed value. This paper attempts to arrive at the compound neutron’s lifetime on the basis of the same theoretical system and thus add a further element of validation to the identification of the compound neutron.

The Interaction of Alpha Particles and Gold Atoms: A New Explanation of Rutherford Scattering

Introduction

Nearly all present-day physicists are convinced of the truth of the assertion in the following quotation from Weidner and Sells’ Elementary Modern Physics(1):

It was by the alpha particle scattering experiments, suggested by Rutherford, that the existence of atomic nuclei was established.

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