An electron and a proton can not form a neutron because they are short about 800KeV of energy. If we place an electron 200 fermi from a proton there is a strong electrostatic attraction. As the electron moves towards the proton electrostatic potential energy is converted to kinetic energy of the electron. About 900KeV of potential energy is converted to kinetic energy more than enough to allow the production of a neutron. On the against side: the accelerating electron radiates photons/energy normal matter is made of electrons and proton and neutron we do not see electrons and protons collapsing On the for side: in normal matter there are no free electrons, they are bound, only in metals and glow discharge tubes do we have many free electrons Is this a possible reaction? It looks like it to me. Anyone have any references? Thanks. Ed Pell p.s. I know the neutron is not stable and will decay in about 13 minutes.