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Electron capture in fully ionised nuclei

  1. Jan 16, 2016 #1

    Garlic

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    Hello everyone,
    What happens if an isotope that normally decays through EC has no electrons at all? For example how does 7Be4+ decay?
     
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  3. Jan 16, 2016 #2

    mfb

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    If beta+ decay is not possible and there are no electrons around, the isotope becomes stable.
     
  4. Jan 16, 2016 #3

    Vanadium 50

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    Positron emission is energetically blocked for Be-7, so it becomes stable.

    Most heavier nuclei will have the positron emission channel open up.
     
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