# Atomic and Nuclear Transitions

1. May 25, 2007

### popffabrik1

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!

2. May 31, 2007

### Meir Achuz

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