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Altering radioactive decay

  1. Oct 17, 2008 #1
    Since beta decay emissions are affected strongly by a magnetic field, I am wondering (asking) if there has been any investigation into an oscillating (reversing) magnetic field, applied to a test sample under pressure, inducing a beta decay in a test sample.

    TIA, Gordon
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  3. Oct 17, 2008 #2
    I have been searching for something along the line of what I have suggested and find this abstract which is the sort of thing I am asking about here.

    Abstract – "Measurements are reported of the acceleration of the first-forbidden beta decay of
    137 Cs by exposure to intense, low-frequency electromagnetic fields. Two separate experiments were
    done: one in a coaxial cavity, and the other in a coaxial transmission line. The first showed an
    increase in the beta decay rate of (6.8 ± 3.2) × 10−4 relative to the natural rate, and the other
    resulted in an increase of (6.5± 2.0) × 10−4. In addition, a Fourier analysis of the rate of 662 keV
    gamma emission following from the beta decay in the standing-wave experiment showed a clear
    indication of the frequency with which the external field was switched on and off. A simultaneously
    detected gamma emission from a placebo nucleus showed no such peak."

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  4. Nov 12, 2008 #3
    "Since beta decay emissions are affected strongly by a magnetic field"...

    -> Are they?

    They're influenced by the magnetic field created by the 60Co nucleus itself, but such a field is completely unattainable by human means - at least in a foreseeable future.

    Fun, I read similar things on another forum some months ago. Seems that somebody is looking for rich gullible people.
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