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Related to nuclear physics: quantum physics, atomic physics
n. (used with a sing. verb)
The scientific study of the forces, reactions, and internal structures of atomic nuclei.
(General Physics) (functioning as singular) the branch of physics concerned with the structure and behaviour of the nucleus and the particles of which it consists
nuclear physicist n
the branch of physics that deals with atomic nuclei.
nu′clear phys′icist, n.
The scientific study of the properties of atomic nuclei, including their structure and reactions.
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|Noun||1.||nuclear physics - the branch of physics that studies the internal structure of atomic nuclei|
cross section - (physics) the probability that a particular interaction (as capture or ionization) will take place between particles; measured in barns
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
atomic theory - a theory of the structure of the atom