neutron-rich nucleus

neutron-rich nucleus

[¦nü‚trän ‚rich ′nü·klē·əs]
(nuclear physics)
An atomic nucleus in which the ratio of neutron number to proton number is much larger than that of nuclei found in nature.
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Theoretical physicists at the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently used Titan, Americas most powerful supercomputer, to compute the nuclear structure of nickel-78, consisting of 28 protons and 50 neutrons, and found that this neutron-rich nucleus is indeed doubly magic.