|Sep9-06, 09:58 AM||#1|
Staight question :
Can a radioactive element decay by emmitting more than 1 particles at once? ie. can a radioactive Uranium decay 2 beta and 1 alpha particles at the same time, or it must decay 1 particle (eg beta), itself becomes another elements and then decay further?
|Sep9-06, 12:42 PM||#2|
The short answer is no.
Radioactive decay is essentially exclusively by one particle (mode) during a single event.
In the case of fission, where the nuclear breaks apart into two nuclei, a number of neutrons are also released. The number of neutrons varies between 2 or 3, with the average value in between.
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