Neutron emission

Discussion in 'Physics' started by circuit2000, Jun 2, 2007.

  1. circuit2000

    Thread Starter Active Member

    Jul 6, 2006
    1)Neutron emission is not a possible mode of decay for K(40,19).Why?
    I think it is because the neutron to proton ratio for potassium(40,19) is almost unity(more precisely N/P=1.1). So, neutron emission is not a mode of decay to gain stability. Is it right?
  2. Papabravo


    Feb 24, 2006
    Why? It is the strong force that governs reactions in the nucleus and it operates over very short distances. In a K(40,19) nuclues the energy is not there for the emission of a neutron.

    The wikipedia article mentions only Helium-5 and Beryllium-13 as examples of neutron emission, and then says that by definition the decay of Helium-5 is a case of alpha decay. I guess they think a really PO'd neutron ejected the Alpha particle. That's a hard one to get your arms around.