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Do photons interact with neutrons?

  1. Jun 25, 2011 #1
    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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  3. Jun 25, 2011 #2


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    Photons are the particles that are interchanged in electromagnetic interactions.
    Neutrons are electrically neutral and do not interact electromagnetically.
  4. Jun 25, 2011 #3


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    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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