Correlations of the difference between the measured and calculated mass of neighbouring nuclei obtained from different nuclear compilations are studied. The autocorrelation function is found to be, to a good approximation, model independent. The result is well described by a semiclassical theory that assumes the existence of a contribution to the nuclear mass associated with a chaotic motion of the nucleons (Olofsson et al 2006 Phys. Rev. Lett. 96 042502). Recent developments in this direction are reviewed and some complementary aspects are studied.
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