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Electron collision

  1. Oct 11, 2009 #1
    What happens when a negatively charged electron interacts with a positive proton, do they annihilate like electron and positron and produce photons? (i know they cant collide in an atom but if they were fired from opposite sides).
     
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  3. Oct 11, 2009 #2
    Electrons and protons can merge into neutrons. That's what happens when a star collapses into a neutron star.
     
  4. Oct 12, 2009 #3
    Hi xmonty-
    Sometimes a proton in a radioactive nucleus can absorb an atomic electron, emit a neutrino, and become a neutron. This is called electron capture or K-capture. See
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electron_capture
    Bob S
     
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