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The antineutrino in beta decay.

  1. Jun 8, 2008 #1
    Hello fellow physicists and mathematicians!

    I am 15 years of age and trying to understand beta decay. At present I understand how the proton turns into a neutron etc... The problem is I do not understand how the decay of a W- boson turns into an antineutrino. I've read that the W- boson has spin of 1, ad the antineutrino a spin of 1/2. Does this mean the electron also emitted by decay of the w- boson has a spin of 1/2?
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    Yes electrons are alos spin ½ particles
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