Mass Laws and Nucleosynthesis

  • P. A. Seeger
Conference paper


The purpose of this paper is to show that there is a considerable body of experimental evidence from geophysics and astrophysics which can be used to test and compare various semi-empirical mass laws. As an experimentalist, I am somewhat surprised to find this paper in the theoretical session of this conference, but on the other hand there is no other place to put it. As you perhaps know, Professor William A. Fowler of the California Institute of Technology has for many years been an instigator of mass laws; my own mania for computers has ensnared me as his current pawn.


Neutron Capture Magic Number Abundance Peak Shell Effect Error Plot 
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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 1964

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. A. Seeger
    • 1
  1. 1.California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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