Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. G. E. Bradley

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access



During the past six decades considerable effort has been devoted to investigating and explaining the phenomena associated with the atomic nucleus. However, many important features of the nucleus still are not understood. Among these are such fundamental aspects as the structural composition of the nucleus, the nature of the forces between nucleons, and several of the basic processes that occur among the nuclear constituents. The goal of nuclear physics is to construct a unified theory which is able to explain all nuclear phenomena.

The experimentalist contributes toward this objective by gathering and classifying extensive amounts of experimental data in the conviction that some systematic patterns will develop and that these will suggest general trends. The theoretician uses these experimental data first as a guide in constructing new theories and then as a means to substantiate or refute his hypotheses. Thus, experimental data are prerequisite to the development of any acceptable theory.

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