The nuclear force is the residual force of the fundamental force strong nuclear force. The nuclear force is what binds the nucleons like protons and neutrons together. The range of the nuclear force is very small. They become insignificant beyond 10-15 metre (1 femtometre).
Frequently Asked Questions
How nuclear force works?
In general, the nuclear force can be explained as the residual effect of the strong interaction that happens inside a hadron. Quarks exchange gluons to maintain their color charge and this give rise to the strong interaction. In a similar way, the nucleons exchange mesons (a quark and anti-quark pair) like, pi meson, vector meson, rho meson, and omega meson and interact with each other in short ranges as the nuclear force. This is similar to the concept of the Van der Waals forces.