Splitting the nucleus

Beta decay

Beta decay The type of disintegration covered by the second law is not so easy to explain, and is involved with forces and energy exchanges inside the nucleus which are not yet fully understood. It appears that the spontaneous production of a I-particle (electron) particles called anti neutrinos, a discussion of which is outside our scope. However, the …

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Half-life It is not yet understood what causes a particular atom to disintegrate at a particular moment. The activity is entirely random and it makes no difference whether a radioactive element is used in its pure state or in chemical combination with something else. Likewise, heating or cooling have no effect on the rate of decay. Experiments show, however, …

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