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Electromagnetism and Beta Decay

  1. Jan 14, 2014 #1

    I am participating in a STEM fair(I am a middle schooler), and my scientific question is :
    Does the angle of the particle trails increase from beta decay when you introduce an electromagnetic influence?

    I have been at a loss for finding a helpful site. The ones that I have come across are mediocre, or cross over into an advanced field that I am not prepared to look into.

    My endeavors for researching an answer were all in vain, so I inferenced my hypothesis with what limited knowledge I have.

    I am currently browsing through different online databases(Duke, Cornell, etc). If anyone could guide me to a site,book, or person that would be awesome!
    Thank you!
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  3. Jan 14, 2014 #2

    Meir Achuz

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    A magnetic field will make the beta decay electrons curve in a circular or helical path.
    Any elementary college physics text should describe this.
  4. Jan 21, 2014 #3
    Thanks! That is what i had hypothesized.
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