Models of the Nucleus

Models of the nucleus encompass a diverse array of theoretical frameworks aimed at understanding the structure and behavior of atomic nuclei. These models range from the early liquid drop model proposed by George Gamow to the more sophisticated shell model developed by Maria Goeppert Mayer and J. Hans D. Jensen. Each model offers unique insights into nuclear phenomena, such as binding energies, nuclear stability, and decay processes. Through these theoretical constructs, physicists strive to elucidate the intricate interplay of nuclear forces and quantum mechanics governing the behavior of one of nature's most fundamental building blocks.