Do photons interact with neutrons?

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Quick question:
photons do not interact with other photons
photons do interact with electrons
photons do interact with protons (I think)
so do they intereact with neutrons?
How could you tell, if the energy state of the neutron changed from absorbing a photon?
 

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CompuChip
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Photons are the particles that are interchanged in electromagnetic interactions.
Neutrons are electrically neutral and do not interact electromagnetically.
 
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Neutrons are electrically neutral
However, they are made up of quarks which individually are charged. The neutron as a whole has a magnetic dipole moment and can interact with a magnetic field.
 

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