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nuclear physics

nuclear physics Branch of physics concerned with the structure and properties of the atomic nucleus. The principal means of investigating the nucleus is the scattering experiment, carried out in particle accelerators, in which a nucleus is bombarded with a beam of high-energy elementary particles, and the resultant particles analyzed. Study of the nucleus has led to an understanding of the processes occurring inside stars and has enabled the building of nuclear reactors.

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nuclear physics

nu·cle·ar phys·ics • pl. n. [treated as sing.] the physics of atomic nuclei and their interactions, esp. in the generation of nuclear energy.

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nuclear physics

nuclear physics, study of the components, structure, and behavior of the nucleus of the atom. It is especially concerned with the nature of matter and with nuclear energy.

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