- The strong nuclear force is the strongest of the four fundamental forces of nature but only acts over very small distances, about the size of an atom’s nucleus. This short-range force is about 100 times stronger than the electromagnetic force, 106 times stronger than the weak nuclear force, and 1038 times stronger than gravity.
- The strong nuclear force is the fundamental force that binds matter together and is responsible for holding together protons and neutrons which are the subatomic particles within the atomic nucleus.
- The strong nuclear force counteracts repulsive electromagnetic forces that push subatomic particles apart but only operate over the smallest imaginable distances.
- The strong nuclear force plays a central role in storing and releasing the energy used in nuclear power and nuclear weapons.