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27. Natural Reality / B. Modern Physics / 3. Chromodynamics / a. Chromodynamics

[general principles of the strong nuclear force]

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The strong force pulls, but also pushes apart if nucleons get too close together [Inwagen]
The strong force is repulsive at short distances, strong at medium, and fades at long [New Sci.]
Gluons, the particles carrying the strong force, interact because of their colour charge [New Sci.]
The strong force binds quarks tight, and the nucleus more weakly [New Sci.]
Colour charge is positive or negative, and also has red, green or blue direction [Hesketh]