|Sep22-11, 07:07 AM||#1|
Can a gamma initiate weak decay of a proton?
Does this ever happen?
p + [itex]\gamma[/itex] [itex]\rightarrow[/itex] n + e+ + [itex]\nu_e[/itex]
It seems possible, if the [itex]\gamma[/itex] has enough energy, but I wonder if anyone can confirm that it happens.
|Sep22-11, 12:19 PM||#2|
p + gamma -> p + e+ + e-
then, electron capture. Combine, and you get the proposed reaction. This supports the view that there shouldn't be anything fundamental prohibiting this.
|Sep22-11, 01:06 PM||#3|
Thank you. This does indeed make it seem even more plausible.
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