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Clarification on Weak Nuclear Force

  1. Mar 13, 2010 #1

    FeDeX_LaTeX

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    Hello;

    I don't know a lot about the weak nuclear force, so I wanted to ask if some of these statements are correct;

    -The weak nuclear force is what is responsible for radioactive decay
    -When alpha and beta radiation occurs, the W+, W- and Z0 bosons are what carry the radiation force
    -The W+, W- and Z0 bosons have a positive, negative, and neutral charge respectively
    -The weak nuclear force is responsible for alpha, beta AND gamma radiation

    Thanks.
     
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  3. Mar 13, 2010 #2

    mathman

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    Weak force is responsible for beta decay. Alpha is a strong force effect. Gamma rays are byproducts of other decays. (This is a simplified picture).

    The boson description is correct, but it applies only to the beta decay.
     
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  4. Mar 17, 2010 #3

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    What roles do each of the W+, W- and Z0 particles play in weak force during beta decay?
     
  5. Mar 17, 2010 #4

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  6. Mar 17, 2010 #5
    Z0 play no role in beta decay
     
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