Detecting Alpha Clusters in Atomic Nuclei (image) The Henryk Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences Share Print E-Mail Caption The ultrarelativistic collision of a clustered beryllium nucleus 7Be with a heavy lead nucleus 208Pb creates a fireball of quark-gluon plasma. The initial shape of the fireball and its expansion rates in various directions carry information about the original structure of the beryllium nucleus. (Source: IFJ PAN) Credit Source: IFJ PAN Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.