Inelastic vs. neutron capture

In summary, inelastic scattering occurs when a neutron transfers energy to a nucleus, causing it to vibrate or excite, while neutron capture involves a nucleus absorbing a neutron and creating a heavier nucleus. These reactions can impact the stability of nuclei and play important roles in nuclear fission and power generation. Additionally, they have real-world applications in spectroscopy, medical imaging and cancer treatment, and the production of radioactive isotopes for various purposes.
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For neutron inelastic interaction, the nucleus de-excites by emitting gamma-rays or charged particles. However, for neutron capture, the nucleus de-excites by emitting gamma-rays only. Why does the nucleus in the neutron capture interaction de-excite by only emitting gamma-rays? why not by emitting gamma ray and charged particles like inelastic?

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Are you sure you haven't switched the outcomes?
 
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Sometimes there is not enough energy to eject a proton. Even if there is enough energy it is random if a proton is emitted or not.
 

What is the difference between inelastic scattering and neutron capture?

Inelastic scattering is a process in which a neutron collides with a nucleus and transfers some of its energy to the nucleus, causing it to become excited and emit gamma rays. Neutron capture, on the other hand, is a process in which a neutron is absorbed by a nucleus, resulting in the formation of a new, heavier nucleus.

How are inelastic scattering and neutron capture used in nuclear reactions?

Inelastic scattering is often used in experiments to study the properties of nuclei and to measure their energy levels. Neutron capture, on the other hand, is a key process in nuclear reactors, as it is used to control the rate of fission reactions and to produce new elements.

What is the importance of inelastic scattering and neutron capture in nuclear physics?

Inelastic scattering and neutron capture are important processes in nuclear physics as they provide valuable information about the structure and properties of nuclei. They also play a crucial role in understanding nuclear reactions and the behavior of nuclear materials.

How do inelastic scattering and neutron capture affect the stability of a nucleus?

Inelastic scattering does not significantly affect the stability of a nucleus, as it only transfers energy to the nucleus. Neutron capture, however, can change the number of neutrons in a nucleus, potentially making it unstable and leading to radioactive decay.

Can inelastic scattering and neutron capture occur simultaneously?

Yes, inelastic scattering and neutron capture can occur simultaneously in certain nuclear reactions. In these cases, a neutron may collide with a nucleus, transfer some of its energy to the nucleus through inelastic scattering, and then be absorbed by the nucleus through neutron capture.

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