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Introduction

  • Hans Paetz gen. SchieckEmail author
Chapter
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 842)

Abstract

Spin is an entirely non-classical property of (elementary) particles [1], p. 198. A reference which deals with many aspects of spin (although the—in my mind—seminal Stern–Gerlach experiment (for details see  Sect. 8.1) is never even mentioned) is “The Story of Spin” by Tomonaga [2] from which we cite: “It is a mysterious beast, and yet its practical effect prevails over the whole of science. The existence of spin, and the statistics associated with it, is the most subtle and ingenious design of Nature—without it the whole universe would collapse” (from the translator’s (T. Oka) preface, p. vii). In nuclear physics, the nuclear, nucleon, and even quark spins enter in many ways. Examples are: hyperfine interaction, spin-orbit interaction, tensor force, spin–spin nucleon–nucleon interaction, the relation between spin and statistics which is not only the basis of the periodic table, but markedly influences the scattering of identical particles (e.g.\({^{12}\hbox{C}}\) on \({^{12}\hbox{C}}\) vs.\({^{13}\hbox{C}}\) on \(^{13}\hbox{C},\)) etc.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für KernphysikUniversität zu KölnKölnGermany

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