Strong Force

The force responsible for holding the nucleons together to form nuclei. This force reacts only over extremely small distances, of order the size of the nucleus, becoming negligible at distances greater than 10-15m. The strong force acts on protons and neutrons but not on electrons, neutrinos or photons. The strong force is 137 times stronger than the electromagnetic force.

The strong force is carried by gluons.

See also: Electromagnetic Force, Gluon, Hadrons, Strong Interaction, Weak Force.

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