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A neutron star (in yellow) lies at the centre of a supernova’s remains. MIT researchers have now characterized the nuclear force between neutrons at extremely short distances, such as in the dense cores of neutron stars. (Adapted from an image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/CXC/ESA/NRAO/J. Rho (SETI Institute))

The force is strong at the heart of neutron stars

Researchers have developed a new way to probe the elusive strong force — which binds protons and neutrons together within atoms — at close distances such as in the extreme conditions found at the core of neutron stars.




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Robert Lea

Robert Lea

Freelance science journalist. BSc Physics. Space. Astronomy. Astrophysics. Quantum Physics. SciComm. ABSW member. WCSJ Fellow 2019. IOP Fellow.

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