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B Tritium, beta decay, spatial parity

  1. Oct 4, 2017 #1
    I bought one of those small tritium veils with phosphorus. Read about beta decay, wow what an interesting read!

    So there was mention when a neutron decays into a proton it emits an electron and an electron anti-neutrino. Also that there is no spatial parity with the physics. What does no spatial parity mean? Sounds like saying with this particular force space is not isotropic. Is it the force carrier that's not "behaving".
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  3. Oct 5, 2017 #2


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    In this case, that the amount of left- and right-handed neutrinos (or electrons) from the beta decays are not the same. In fact, there are no right-handed neutrinos in the standard model.

    Rather the interaction between force carrier and fermions. W bosons only ”talk” to left-handed particles.
  4. Oct 5, 2017 #3
    Thank you Orodruin!
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