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Beta Minus Decay What's next?

  1. Jan 24, 2013 #1
    Hi.

    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???

    Thanks
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 24, 2013 #2
    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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