The form of the nucleus reflects the interaction between its components

An experiment carried out at the GANIL studied the change in the shape (spherical) of the nucleus of Krypton-96, towards that of the Rubidium-97 nucleus (stretched out). This radical and sudden change in form gave physicians precious clues about the organization of and binding strength between the protons and neutrons that make up the nucleus. These studies are essential to determine the specific characteristics of the nuclear force that ensures nuclear cohesion.