Shape deformations in atomic nuclei

Ikuko Mottelson
2012 Scholarpedia  
The ground states of some nuclei are described by densities and mean fields that are spherical, while others are deformed. The existence of non-spherical shape in nuclei represents a spontaneous symmetry breaking.
doi:10.4249/scholarpedia.10693 fatcat:mraajn7ranhu7dyagvpngqasmy