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Asymmetric, pear-shaped nuclei
Zhu, Sheng-Jiang Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
Luo, Yi-Xiao Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.
Hamilton, Joseph H. Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.
- Theory and observation of reflection asymmetric nuclei
- Asymmetric nuclei around Z = 56 and N = 88
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A basketball or an American football looks the same (ignoring its lettering) if one reflects its right and left sides. We say they are reflection symmetric. In the case of a pear whose right end is large and whose left end is small, reflecting the pear puts the large end on the left and small end on the right. Such a pear is reflection asymmetric.
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