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How does a neutron changes into a proton?
- sudeepta (age 16)
jorhat, Assam, India
The reaction is neutron --> proton + electron + anti-neutrino.
All conservation laws are respected: energy, momentum, charge, lepton number, and baryon number. The speed of the reaction is determined by the strength of the interaction force, in this case the so-called weak interaction and also the amount of kinetic energy available.
Take a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta_decay for more information.
(published on 01/08/10)
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