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If I have to send a beta particle in space and if the space is completely empty (from matter and energy just imagine!!!!)
What would happen to the particle?
If I put a very good GM in 1 Km from the source should I detect the beta particle if the beta particle has the power of 0.5 Mev?
Dose the beta particle decomposition in the emptiness of the space and why (there is nothing in that space to absorb the beta particle.) should the beta particle just continue moving until it hits something that absorb it or not!!!!
Sorry about my Q maybe it look like a naive Question :smile: but really believe me I never get a answer that make me rest.
thank you all
 

tiny-tim

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Hi hagopbul !

Well, a beta particle is very stable, so - from good ol' Newton's first law - it should carry on for ever, or until it hits something! :smile:
 
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NO wrong beta particle is not that stable and WILL decomposition in little time the Q is why?
 

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No this is a electron and yes the life time of it is huge ,but in beta particle the life time is small and may main Q is not the time it is Why???
 

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No this is a electron and yes the life time of it is huge ,but in beta particle the life time is small and may main Q is not the time it is Why???
Perhaps you are thinking of the half-life of whatever created the beta particle?
 
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my mistake it is huge[age] but why it decomposition disappear ?????????????????????
 

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I don't understand - what do you mean about the decomposition disappearing? :confused:
 
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the beta particle decay after [t] time Why?????????
 

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It doesn't decay

the beta particle decay after [t] time Why?????????
It doesn't decay!

(Well, not for millions of billions of times longer than the age of the universe …)
 
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yes it decay the Q is why???? I don't care about time
 

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