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Radioactive decay question

  1. Apr 10, 2014 #1

    kelvin490

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    I would like to ask will the daughter of a decayed particle carries net charge? For example, after beta negative decay will the daughter atom carries net positive charge and in an alpha decay the daughter carries net negative charge?

    I search many textbooks and none of them mention about the net charge of daughter atoms.
     
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  3. Apr 10, 2014 #2

    DrDu

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    Yes, they will be charged and this effect can be used to generate high voltages in some kinds or radioisotope batteries.
     
  4. Apr 11, 2014 #3

    kelvin490

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    Thanks, I also would like to ask does every decay necessarily involves conversion between mass and energy?
     
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