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Alpha and beta radiation interaction

  1. Apr 12, 2013 #1
    Before I sound stupid I am only at GCSE level (high school in America) so understanding is little. But theoretically could an alpha particle (helium nucleus) gain electrons and become a helium atom. If this is possible can it be done with two beta particles?
    Correct me I in wrong an explain why please, thank you
     
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  3. Apr 12, 2013 #2

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    An alpha particle will eventually pick up two electrons and become a Helium atom. The electrons can be from anywhere nearby. It doesn't matter if they were betas or something else - all electrons are essentially the same.
     
  4. Apr 12, 2013 #3
    Where do those electrons come from?
     
  5. Apr 13, 2013 #4
    The electrons can come from the 'surroundings'
    There is no way to tell where a particular electron came from.
    Alpha particles were confirmed to be a helium nucleus by the formation of helium in a container where alpha particles were stopped.
     
  6. Apr 13, 2013 #5
    Ah ok thank you
     
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