Atomic and Nuclear Transitions

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Can anybody tell me why atomic decays are usually only through electric dipole transitions, while nuclear decay often shows many different multipoles? i think that the transition rate for electric dipole transitions is much larger than for magnetic ones, but that doesnt really explain it. would appreciate any help!
 

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Meir Achuz
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Nuclear states are generally more complicated, so lower L values may be forbidden.
 

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