Unfolding the Matter of Nuclei

Proceedings of the CXXXVIII Course of the International School of Physics Enrico Fermi

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Editors
Molinari, A., Ricci, R.A.
Pub. date
January 1999
Pages
544
Binding
hardcover
Volume
138 of Proceedings of the International School of Physics "Enrico Fermi"
ISBN print
978-90-5199-465-0
ISBN online
978-1-61499-223-3
Subject
Physics
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The nucleus and its constituents are a challenging problem. The lectures collected in this book present a broad and comprehensive review of the current knowledge about nuclei. They cover topics such as searching for signatures of the quarks in nuclei with electromagnetic probes and, at much higher energies, for signatures of the quark-gluon plasma in ultrarelativistic nuclear collisions. The attempts to obtain new nuclei in the laboratory are also discussed, as well as the central role played by nuclear physics in the development of weak interactions. Progress in all these areas rests on a deeper theoretical handling of the nuclear and nucleon’s structure. The latter can also be addressed by relying on numerical solutions of QCD on a discrete space-time lattice. The advancement of computational capabilities has spurred a growing interest in this approach. Finally, the book deals with different paths toward solving non-perturbative QCD.