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Question about isomeric transition

  1. Feb 26, 2016 #1

    Garlic

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    Hello everyone,
    What happens to an isotope in a metastable state which has heavy hadron components in it? Can the heavy hadrons in the nuclei decay before a gamma ray (from the isomeric transition) is emitted, or does the isomeric transition occur first, and the hadron decays after that?

    (If the half life of that hadron was lower than the isomeric transition half life of that nucleus)
     
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  3. Feb 26, 2016 #2

    mfb

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    Both decays are possible.
    Note that the decay of the heavy hadron leads to a different nucleus with completely different excited states.
     
  4. Feb 26, 2016 #3

    Garlic

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    Thank you.
     
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