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The Bohr model is not applicable to the nucleus because, unlike the atom, the nucleus has no nucleus. Let us consider the simplest bound nucleus, the deuteron. Although the neutron contains electric charges of no net charge, the neutron-proton attraction remains ignored in mainstream nuclear physics. This attractive force between the proton and the neutron is equilibrated by the magnetic repulsion between the proton and the neutron where the magnetic moments are opposite and collinear. It has been proved by the succesful calculation of the binding energies of 2H and 4He never obtained before from fundamental laws only. In contrast with all other nuclear calculations there is no fit in these calculations.

 I have now found that the so-called "anomalous scattering" is not anomalous, but magnetic:


 It is very simple when using log-log presentation: the classical electric Rutherford scattering becomes represented by a straight line of slope -2 for the first time. The not so "anomalous" scattering is magnetic and, approximately also a straight line with a slope of -6, thus 3 times that of the electric scattering. The explanation is very simple: the Coulomb electric potential is in 1/r and the Poisson magnetic potential is in 1/r³.


After one century of nuclear physics, the fundamental laws of nuclear physics are ignored because the nuclear physicists ignore Coulombs laws except one, the repulsion between protons. Electric forces being unable to equilibrate the hypothetical centrifugal force, they imagined the "strong force" able to equilibrate the hypothetical centrifugal force mimicking the Bohr atom. Unfortunately, it does not work because the nucleons cannot orbit around nothing.

 The make-believe conventional nuclear theories are in a dead-lock as geocentrism thanks to Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler, the phlogiston and the caloric thanks to Lavoisier, the aether thanks to Einstein, the plum-pudding model thanks to Rutherford…

I have found that electric and magnetic Coulomb laws work fine provided that the nucleons don't move as shown in the simple cluster model (figure just below showing schematically hydrogen isotopes).


The proton attracts a neutron as amber attracts neutral powder. The static equilibrium is obtained by the repulsive magnetic interaction between nucleons. I have obtained good numerical results for the deuteron ²H and the α particle ⁴He.

The strong force is pure imagination. Indeed a strong force is needed only because the shell model of the atom was used for its nucleus. The problem is that the nucleus has no nucleus which can act as a force center. The so-called "strong force" will disappear as the geocentrism, thanks to Copernic and Galileo, the phlogiston, thanks to Lavoisier, and the aether, thanks to Einstein. Same destiny for the new phisosophical stone, the Higgs boson. 


 My presentation at Dubna, from Russia with Love:

The strong force

 Bieler, a Rutherford student, imagined in 1924 a magnetic attraction equilibrating an electrostatic repulsion between the protons. This hypothesis did'nt work and electromagnetism was replaced by the hypothetical strong force being the same for protons, positively charged, and neutrons, still often assumed to be uncharged.  This is incorrect. A neutron contains an equal amount of positive and negative charge inside.Protons and neutrons possess different magnetic moments. The strong force is assumed to be independent of the electric properties of the nucleons. The only electromagnetic interaction recognized presently is the Coulomb repulsion between protons.


Evans,  page 356 of his book "The Atomic nucleus", shows the experimental evidences that should be represented by a nuclear model.

 The so-called "strong force"  (also referred to as the strong nuclear interaction, nuclear force) is the hypothetical force binding together the protons and the neutrons in an atomic nucleus. The word strong comes from the fact that the nuclear energy is around one million times greater than the chemical energy, for the same volume, dramatically demonstrated at Hiroshima. It is also known that the binding energy is around 1% of the mass energy mc². There are two well known fundamental forces in nature, the universal gravitation (formulated by Newton) and the electromagnetic force (formulated by Maxwell). It is fashionable to add two more hypothetical forces : the strong and weak nuclear forces. Very little is known about these hypothetical forces. 

According to the Bohr scheme, the electrons gravitate around the nucleus. The Bohr model, renamed shell model in nuclear physics, assumes that the nucleons gravitate (not visible on the graph) as the electrons around the nucleus. Unfortunately, the nucleus has no nucleus around which the nucleons may orbite. The picture above does not show this imaginary orbiting of the nucleons…

Binding energy   

 The binding energy per nucleon is given by the formula

BE/A = (Z mp + N mn  - M)/A
where Z is the atonic number, N the neutron number and A = Z + N is the atomic number. M, mp, and mn are the masses of one atom, one proton and one neutron. At a time when the neutron was not discovered, Aston used the packing fraction given by the formula:
f = (M - A)/A where M is the mass of the atom measured experimentally and A the atomic number.

Nuclear models

The Shell Model or Independent-particle Model or Hartree Model

The official mainstream physics model of the atomic nucleus is the shell model which the atomic model of Bohr and continuators adapted to the atomic nucleus. The electrons are replaced by the nucleons, instead of the electrons. There are two kinds of nucleons, protons, electrically charged, and neutrons, uncharged. Contrarily to the atom, the nucleus has no nucleus. This deficiency is circumvented by the bold assumption that each nucleon experiences a central attractive force which can be ascribed to the average effect of all the other nucleons in the nucleus. On this assumption, each nucleon behaves as though it were movins independently in a central field, which is described as short-range potential well. Secondly, this potential is assumed to be the same for all values of l, the angular momentum quantum number of the nucleons. In the assumed central potential, each nucleon is imagined to be capable of describing an orbit of well-defined energy and angular momentum, in a manner analogous to the behavior of atomic electrons. This assumption seems to be in conflict with the strong interaction between nucleons, as seen experimentally, and in nuclear reactions generally. This weak interaction paradox was solved by using the Pauli exclusion principle. The expected strong interaction may be present but unable to manifest itself because all the quantum states into which the nucleon might be scattered are already occupied…

The main characteristic of the shell model is the so-called "magic numbers" (Z and/or N = 2, 8, 20, 28, 50, 82, 126) corresponding to the atomic levels.

The Liquid drop Model or Semi-empirical Mass Formula

The liquid drop model is the antithesis of the independent-particle model. The interactions are assumed to be strong instead of weak. The initial assumptions are (Evans p. 365) : 

1. The nucleus is like a droplet of incompressible matter, and all nuclei have the same density. 

2. Forces between nucleons are considered to be spin-independent as well as charge-independent if the coulomb force is turned off.

3. These nuclear forces have a short-range character and are effective only between nearest neighbors. Each nucleon interacts with all its nearest neighbors. 

4. The volume or exchange energy is proportional to to the number of nucleons A for A ≥ 16, giving a radius R0 A1/3, where R0 is a constant.

5. The surface energy is like the surface tension of a liquid due to the fact that nucleons at the surface have fewer near neighbors than nucleons that are deep within the nuclear volume. We can expect a deficit of binding energy for these surface nucleons. A simple calculation shows that the surface energy is proportional to A2/3.

6. The Coulomb repulsion energy between protons is the only known long-range force in nuclei. The total nuclear charge Ze is assumed to be spread approximately uniformly throughout the nuclear volume. Again assuming a constant-density nuclear radius R0 A 1/3 and applying the Coulomb law for the potential, the Coulomb energy is proportional to Z2/A1/3.

7. The asymmetry energy, the deficit in energy dependent on the neutron excess or deficit, is (N - Z)2/A = (A - 2Z)2/A.

 8. The pairing energy δ is a correction to take into account the pairing of N and Z.

The complete Bethe-Weizsäcker formula is







The following graph shows the Bethe-Weizsäcker curve (in blue), compared with the experimental data (in red) for the N = Z nuclei. The BW formula is unable to represent the binding energies of even Z and even N. There is also no distinction for same A nuclei with even N - odd Z and even Z - odd N (mirror nuclei). 


Atomic number in abscissas and binding energy per nucleon in ordinates

Four-shell structure or α particle model

This type of models have been initiated by Gamow who observed that the nuclei with atomic masses multiple of 4 have larger binding energies. Indeed, it can be observed peaks of the binding energies for even A, Z and N. It is maximum for both N and Z even. The addition of an α-particle adds a tetrahedron to the structure already existing and so three bonds are alloted per addition.

  • E(N)

 For example, the maximum of ³Li is smaller than for both ²He and ⁴Be. For given Z, peaks appear for even N. They are greater if Z is also even. The amplitude diminishes when Z increases. The peaks are small but detectable even for the heavy nuclides as the uranium isotopes:

Sans titre

Electromagnetic theory of the nuclear interaction

It is believed since almost a century that the atomic nucleus behaves like an atom, except that the electron is replaced by a neutron and that the nucleons orbite. Because of the centrifugal force, a hypothetical strong force, more than ten times  the electromagnetic interaction is necessary. This is incorrect because the nucleus has no nucleus or, in other words, the angular momentum, being undermined, has no fixed point : the nucleus has no nucleus. Therefore such a nucleus cannot be stable. This is a very great mistake. Without a hypothetical orbiting of the nucleons, the electromagnetic interaction works fine, as shown by my calculations ("Electromagnetic Theory of the Binding Energy of the Hydrogen Isotopes",  J Fusion Energy (2011) 30 :377-381 here). For the simple case of the deuteron, I have obtained the following formula:


where the μ's are the magnetic moments of the nucleons and the magnetic permeability. rnp is the neutron-proton distance.


If you have studied electromagnetism you will recognize the Coulomb attractive force and the magnetic repulsive force. Graphically, it gives the electromagnetic nuclear potential similar to other phenomenological potentials but truly ab initio because it contains only universal constants:

Potential En

The formula in the graph is the same as the previous one but with different universal constants. One may recognize the famous mc² formula for the mass energy. It is multiplied by the fine structure constant α = 1/137. RP is the proton Compton radius. gp and gn  are the proton and neutron Landé factors.

The binding energies of all the hydrogen isotopes have been calculated assuming the following structures:


This method has been simplified by assuming that the neutrons in excess have no influence on the total binding energy for N > 2. Therefore, the binding energy per nucleon  is the maximum binding energy divided by the atomic mass number. This approximation is not valid for Z>2 :


 The binding energy curve for selected heavier nuclides is similar:


Nuclear to chemical energy ratio

 The electromagnetic theory of the nuclear energy shows that it is αmc² or 1/137 of the mass energy, known to be of the order of 1%.

It is well known that the chemical energy is given by the Rydberg constant from the Bohr theory of the atom, ½α²mec² where me is the masses of the  electron and α the fine structure constant.

The electromagnetic theory gives also the nuclear to chemical energy ratio, for the same weight, as 

α-1mp/me = 137 x 1836 = 250,000

where mp and me is the mass of the proton. This formula, a consequence of the electromagnetic theory, explains for the first time why the nuclear energy is up to one million times more concentrated than the chemical energy, for the same volume.

 My presentation about the Strong_Force, explaining the whole thing, may be downloaded.


Simplified derivation of the nuclear to chemical energy ratio 

 Nuclear energy is typically hundreds of thousands or millions of times greater than chemical energy or approximately 1% of the mass energy from the Einstein mass formula. The mass of a proton is :

 E_P=m_pc^2= 938 MeV\,\!

The chemical energy of the hydrogen atom is the separation energy of an electron from a proton. It is given by the Rydberg constant from the Bohr theory of the hydrogen atom :

 E_C=R_y=\frac{1}{2}\alpha^2 m_ec^2 = 13.6 eV.

 The relative change of mass is the hydrogen chemical energy divided by its mass, here the proton mass :

 \frac{E_C}{E_P}=\frac{1}{2}\frac{\alpha^2 m_e}{m_p} \approx 10^{-8}

 It is so small as to be unmeasurable directly by weighing, but can be calculated, using the Einstein formula, from the measured chemical energy. Nuclear energy is usually "explained" by a hypothetical "strong force". However, it has been shown  that the binding energies of  2H_and 4He may be obtained by a formula similar to the Bohr formula :

 E_N=\frac{1}{2}\alpha m_pc^2 =3.5 MeV

 This value is not far from the deuteron binding energy, 2.2MeV, which is also the neutron-proton separation energy. The relative change in mass is :

 \frac{E_N}{m_p}=\frac{1}{2}\alpha =\frac{1}{2\times137} = 4.10^{-3} \approx 1\ %

 Knowing the formulas characterizing the nuclear and chemical energies, one obtains their ratio :

 \frac{E_N}{E_C}= \frac{m_p}{\alpha m_e} = 137 \times 1836 = 250,000 \approx hundreds of thousands

 The two preceding calculated values are comparable with the one million and one per cent ratios evaluated from experimental binding energies.

 The symbols used are

 Mass energy of the proton EP

 Nuclear energy EN

 Chemical energy EC

 Proton mass mp = 938MeV

 Electron mass : me = 0.5MeV

 Fine structure constant : \alpha= \frac{1}{137}