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Help with neutron capture

  1. Apr 27, 2006 #1
    taking a set of questions and came across this one:
    "Capture of a neutron by nickel-60 produces a proton and what new element or isotope ? "

    I thought it was copper-61 since it goes through beta decay as indicated by the proton but supposedly it is not... please help
     
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  3. Apr 27, 2006 #2

    ZapperZ

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    If something produces a proton via a beta decay, the atomic number changes, but the MASS number does not, since you still have the same number of nucleons. So your "61" isn't correct.

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  4. Apr 27, 2006 #3
    yes, I know but it underwent neutron capture so its "61" and then transmuted to copper after beta decay so it stayed "61"... but Im wondering why that isint correct~ unless of course it isint beta decay at all that created the proton.
     
  5. Apr 27, 2006 #4

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    Sounds like an n,p reaction in which the neutron interaction results in a proton being ejected.

    So A remains 60, but Z decreases by 1.
     
  6. Apr 27, 2006 #5

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    Oh, I read it wrong. I thought one of its neutrons underwent a beta decay.

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  7. Apr 27, 2006 #6
    Is the question basically this?

    [tex]
    n+^{60} Ni \rightarrow p + X
    [/tex]

    Where you want to know what X is?
     
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