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Beta Minus Decay What's next?

  1. Jan 24, 2013 #1

    After Beta minus decay does the atom gain a charge and become an ion?

    I.e after a neutron become a proton and electron does the atom become positively charged because it has more protons than electrons?

    Or does it capture an electron from somewhere else???

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  3. Jan 24, 2013 #2


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    The new electron is emitted with high energy and will probably be ejected from the atom, leaving a positive ion. The positive ion will eventually capture another electron and become neutral.
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