beta decay

Posted by Kevin on Jun 05, 2002 at 04:07

Hi every1,

One of my more savvy Year 11 Physics students pointed out something I hadn't noticed before. When an atom undergoes beta decay its atomic number increases by 1 but the electron produced is ejected from the atom. Does this mean that the daughter product has a charge of +1? Logic dictates that it does unless there is some other process I'm unfamiliar with. No text book I've consulted shows any products of beta decay having charge.

Any thoughts?

Kevin Phyland

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