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K-Capture and Halo Nucleons

  1. Feb 23, 2010 #1
    Hypothetically, could the process of electron capture in any way be affected by the presence of halo nucleons? There is probably little relation if any, I don't even think that any nuclear of the known halo isotopes can undergo decay under k-capture.
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  3. Feb 24, 2010 #2


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    There's a gap of many orders of magnitude between the distance scale of the nucleus (1 fm) and the distance scale of the K-shell electrons (.1 nm?). Beta decay is sensitive to nuclear structure, and is the kind of thing that can be calculated using the shell model, but I think it's basically sensitive to things like the overlap between the proton and neutron wavefunctions.
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