beta decay


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beta decay

a type of radioactivity that results in the emission of beta particles, either electrons or positrons. See also beta particle.

beta decay

Low-level radioactive decay in which particles, usually an electron with an antineutrino, or less commonly a positron with an antineutrino, are emitted.
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The upshot of each beta decay is an atom with a nucleus that contains one more proton than it did before.
Ordinarily, a single beta decay permits a neutron to assume a less energetic state.
I have shown that a field-expansion spectrometer with a long drift distance to measure proton time of flight is an attractive approach to measure the electron-neutrino correlation in neutron beta decay.
If this technique for detection of radiative neutron beta decay proves fruitful, a more precise measurement of the photon spectrum should be possible.
Decay protons emitted from a neutron beta decay have a maximum kinetic energy of [approximately equal to]750 eV.
In Section 3 we summarize the limits on the CPV beta decay coupling constants implied by beta decay experiments.
The beta decay experiments that are searching for neutrino mass all use tritium, the heaviest, rarest and only radioactive isotope of hydrogen, which is also the simplest nucleus susceptible to beta decay.
The chopper-closed part of the time-of-flight spectrum is used by the NPDGamma to study detector pedestals and beta decay from neutron activation.
The combined neutron, gamma, and beta decay heat load on the methane moderator is expected to be on the order of 1 W when the facility is operated at its full power of 30 kW.
The other 99 percent is uranium-238, which is not fissile but rather fertile; if it gains a neutron of the right energy, it turns into uranium-239, which after a couple of beta decays becomes fissile plutonium-239.
The new, unexpected result is that so much energy escapes by neutrino emission that the remaining energy released in the beta decays is not sufficient to ignite the X-ray superbursts that are observed.