Inverse Beta decay

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Homework Statement



Why is the inverse Beta decay forbidden for a free proton?

Homework Equations



p -> n + e(+)(positron) + v (neutrino)

The Attempt at a Solution



Is it because, the change in the Q value must be the same for each decay?
 

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The charge balances out, so it's not a problem with charge conservation. Think energy.
 

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