Neutrino Induced Decoherence and Variation in Nuclear Decay
Russell Humphreys, "Accelerated Nuclear Decay
: A Viable Hypothesis?" in Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth: A Young-Earth Creationist Research Initiative 1, ed.
Let me stress that I am not proposing at this time that nuclear decay
rates actually do increase over time.
Because free neutron decay is unencumbered by the many-nucleon effects present in all other nuclear decays
, measurements of the parameters that describe neutron decay can be related to the fundamental weak couplings in a straightforward fashion.
Harriet Brooks, discoverer of the recoil of the radioactive atom and of successive nuclear decays
, was honoured recently in Ottawa, ON, by being inducted into the Canadian Science and Technology Hall of Fame.
For example: Are the four basic forces of nature--the electromagnetic force, the weak force that controls nuclear decays
, the strong force that holds atomic nuclei together, and gravity--variations of a single, more fundamental force?
of thorium, uranium, and the isotopes into which those elements transform give off antineutrinos.
"Certainly, it had some sort of self-regulation mechanism." Modern reactors are controlled by rods made of materials that sop up neutrons generated during fission so that they can no longer trigger additional nuclear decays