- Conference date: 19-22 April 2004
- Location: Morelos (Mexico)
It has been suggested that there might be an inherent limit to the accuracy with which nuclear masses can be calculated, chaotic motion inside the atomic nucleus being responsible for this lack of predictability. However, a thorough application of a set of parameter‐free relationships among neighboring nuclei, known as the Garvey‐Kelson relations, to an up‐to‐date compilation of more than 2500 nuclear masses allows to set an upper bound for the proposed chaotical component, which turns out to be almost an order of magnitude smaller than previously suggested. This is good news for astrophysicists attempting to understand the processes that fuel the stars.
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