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Nature of Particle Decay

  1. Jun 27, 2011 #1
    What drives particle decay? Is it an elementary, irreducible observation or can we model it based on a set of observable variables?

    Do all particle decay modes involve the weak force? Does one even need the intervention of a given force to have particle decay?

    Does string theory explain decay in terms of things like string tension, oscillation, etc?

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  3. Jun 27, 2011 #2

    mathman

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    Beta decay (and related processes) are governed by the weak force. Alpha decay and fission are strong plus em force results.
     
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