F A Q
(Frequently Asked Questions)
As we are asked questions regarding this model, we will answer them here. This section is not intended to be static but will grow and expand as questions are asked.
Q. What about quantum mechanics? How can such a model as a lattice structure exist for the nucleus when the rules of quantum mechanics must be followed?
A. The nucleus follows the same quantum mechanical principles as molecules. Even so molecules build complex and very precise structures as complex as DNA and as simple as H2O. Yet even H2O has a basic structure that it always follows while it obeys the principles of quantum mechanics. The nucleus and the particles making up the nucleus all obey quantum mechanics and still form an orderly structure, just like molecules.
Q. What about the magic number of the nucleus?
A. Many of the currently accepted magic numbers also represent interesting structural constructs within this model. For this lattice model, there are main two magic numbers that control the nuclear structure. Those numbers are 2 and 6. The number 2 is related with the balance and symmetry bestowed to the nucleus. The number 6 is related to the hexagonal structural fabric of the nucleus. (See the section on Nuclear Periodic Table)
Q. What does this model predict about a second or heavier islands of stability as predicted by the shell model?
A. This model predicts that adding more nucleons to the lattice structure cannot provide additional balance to the nucleus that is needed to increase any stability. Thus the enlarging structure of the nuclear lattice limits the stability of any nucleus heavier than those found in the uranium island.
Q. Why have quark models not worked in the past and yet this quark model works?
A. This model is not just a quark model. The model is based on the protons and neutron, however it also recognizes that protons and neutron are composed of quarks that can affect how the protons and neutron interact with each other. This model is successful because it considers all aspects of the nucleons, nucleus and quarks.