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Why don't the magnetic dipole moments in a neutron cancel out?

This may be a silly question. I thought magnetic dipoles were dependent on electric charge, so why in a neutron do the dipole moments not just cancel each other out?
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What is the cause of the minor mass difference between the proton and the neutron?

As known, the proton is from two up and a single down quark, while the neutron is from a single up and two down quarks. The down quark is a little bit more massive and the up, and so the neutron is ...
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Can coherent superpositions of a neutron and antineutron exist?

In my recent post I learned that electric charge is always conserved in contrast to strangeness quantum number, which limits the types of Hadrons that can be build. Furthermore, also different masses ...
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Did people ever thought of accelerating neutrons?

It is shamefully charge-free. But presumably, if we can tune its velocity, a lot of interesting things can be done, right? So, was there any proposal for obtaining high velocity neutrons?
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How neutron can have an antiparticle since it have zero charge?

Antiparticles are defined as fundamental particles having the same mass but opposite charge. Now, a neutron has a particular mass (say m) , but zero charge ( =0). Its antiparticle should have mass=m ...
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How do we know that electrons are affected by gravity?

There are some theories of gravity which explain it as emerging from other fundamental forces. To better understand the evidence for and against these theories, I would like to have a better ...
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Why does a “typical” hydrogen atom have no neutron?

There are quite a few sources (mostly high-school physics textbooks) that I've read which don't give the disclaimer that the hydrogen atom they are using in a diagram is an isotope (as in having ...
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Why don't degenerate gases expand from heat?

Degenerate gases are excellent conductors of heat. However, the fermions that compose the gas will not expand outwards due to heat, except in incredibly high temperatures. Why is this? Does it have ...
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What are the experimental results of neutron -neutron scattering?

I'm curious about does a neutron - neutron scattering (if such an experiment was carried out) is an in elastic process or is it accompanied by energy losses. Additional question: What is the energy ...
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How many neutrons would it take to boil a gallon of water? [closed]

How many neutrons would it take to boil a gallon of water?
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Arrangement of Nucleons due to Strong Force

I was reading up on the fundamental forces of nature and I was wondering about the arrangements of nucleons due to the strong force. Considering electromagnetic repulsion, having 2 protons "bonding" ...
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Can there be a two-neutron bound state? [duplicate]

Is is possible for two neutrons to be in a bound state, assuming that they only interact gravitationally?
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which unit cell to use for dynamic structure factor in neutron scattering?

I'm trying to calculate the dynamic structure factor for inelastic neutron scattering, but I get a function which doesn't obey certain symmetries of the crystal lattice and which changes depending on ...
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Collision with a stationary Hydrogen atom [closed]

Can some explain me what happens when an electron or neutron collides with stationary Hydrogen atom? What are conditions for elastic and inelastic condition? For example, how to tackle following ...
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Why positron emission is unlikely to occur for nuclei with an excess of neutrons?

Is it because a neutron decays into a proton and electron rather than a positron. Which type of nucleus emits positron and which emits electrons . Is it something to do with beta plus and beta minus ...
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How are neutrons made?

How are neutrons made? Perhaps no-one really knows, but I'll ask anyway. Are they still being made? or were they all made at some early instant of the universe?
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Atomic radii for elements as hard spheres

In neutron scattering, the atoms in a system are considered as hard spheres. Where could I find the appropriate (reliable) values of the atomic radii consistent with this physical picture? Thank you ...
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Why isn't every magnetic neutron scattering peak a nuclear scattering peak as well?

Neutron diffraction is a well-established technique for determining the magnetic unit cell of magnetic materials. The idea is that nuclear scattering gives you peaks that correspond to the crystal ...
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How does zinc affect fast neutrons?

How does metallic zinc interact with nuclear fission? Is it transparent for fast neutrons, or does it interact as a reflector (tamper), absorber, or moderator, or some other way yet? I'm asking it ...
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Which properties control the strength of strong interactions?

Does the strong nuclear force depend on mass, charge or spin? Accordingly, can we order neutron-neutron, proton-proton and neutron-proton pairs by the strength of the strong force between them?
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Neutron population growth in a reactor

In nuclear reactors physics, the effective constant $k_{eff}$ is defined as $$k_\text{eff} \equiv {\text{number of neutrons in one generation}\over \text{number of neutrons in the preceding ...
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Why don't neutrons cluster on their own?

"The answer lies in their one part in a thousand extra mass. Adding neutrons costs a little in mass, and in Einstein $E=mc^2$ implies that mass equates to energy. So it costs energy to add neutrons(...
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Is it possible to tidally lock a neutron star?

As I know, neutron stars are almost perfect sphere and no net moments, does it mean it is not possible to tidally lock it?
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What is the physical interpretation of imaginary terms in the neutron optical potential model?

I'm doing a computational project on neutron scattering and I've found that if you simulate (n,n) collisions on Uranium 238, the program predicts resonances not found in experimental data. The ...
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How is an electron “recycled” in a neutron?

A proton is made up, they say, by 2 up and 1 down quark, drowned in a sea of virual paricles: when an electron is captured this process thereby changes a nuclear proton to a neutron and ...
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Neutron scattering off molecules

From neutron scattering off molecules it is possible to get information about molecules' geometry. Given the size of a particular molecule, what are the criteria for choosing the wavelengh of the ...
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Why is this result wrong for finding speed of a neutron in relation to deBroglie wavelength [duplicate]

So given a deBroglie wavelength 1.8nm and the equations E=hf and E=1/2mv^2 you can get v = 2h/m*(1.8*10^-9) but this is 2 times the expected value. Wherever I look online people use the momentum p ...
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Intensity of inelastic neutron scattering: analitycal expressions

I am currently working with experimental results of magnon spectrum (in antiferromagnet with many atoms per unit cell), which was obtained by inelastic neutron scattering method, but some spectral ...
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Why did James Chadwick use berryllium to discover neutrons?

In Rutherford's alpha particle scattering experiment he used gold foil because it's malleable and can be drawn into very thin sheet. Why did James Chadwick use Berryllium while discovering neutrons ...
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A Neutron Star and an Atom are Similar [closed]

In an earlier question I asked if photons could exist without atoms. Is a neutron star's residual light released similar to an exited atom the difference is gravity hold in the electrons in the star ...
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Neutron activation time for Boron, Silver, and possibly other materials

How do i justify/explain that the time needed to activate Boron is 2 hours and the time needed to activate Silver in water is 45 minutes? Response to comment: In a neutron cross section experiment, ...
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Would a bag of neutrons have temperature?

Neutrons interact with each other only via exchange interaction, while "every-day particles" and their temperatures are governed by electrostatic forces. What are the implications of this difference ...
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Does an atom become positively charged as a result of Beta decay? [duplicate]

Since a neutron breaks down into an electron and a proton, and the electron is emitted as beta particles, the atom has an extra proton (protons>electrons). So, the atom becomes positively charged. But ...
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Is Neutronium possible?

Now I am not talking about neutron stars here. I am talking about a supposed substance with only neutrons in the nucleus. All atoms of this category would have a negative charge and negative charge ...
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Is neutron-neutron fusion viable?

Do I get unusual baryon maybe like pentaquark or just a pair of conjoined twin that is very unstable?
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Head-on collision between two neutrons

If two neutrons were set to collide head-on, being electrically neutral: Will they feel each other's presence due to electrostatic interaction between quarks of approaching neutrons? When they ...
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How are neutron refractive indices calculated?

I have been informed of the fact that neutrons refract similarly to light in accordance to Snell's Law. How would one calculate the refraction index for a neutron?
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Can a neutron decay to the gravitons?

Is it possible that a bunch of neutrons totally decay to the graviton? In other words, does the baryon number conserve in the quantum gravity interactions?
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Why do neutron stars have solid crusts?

A long time ago I read that neutron stars have a solid crusts that are several orders of magnitude harder/stronger than alloys here on the Earth. So how is this possible ? A neutron star has a ...
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Can both types of W boson be responsible for a neutron-neutrino interaction?

My textbooks lists the exchange particle for a neutron-neutrino interaction as being the W- boson. Is this the only option, or can it also be a W+ boson? Nothing jumps out at me that would suggest it ...
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Question on decay constant

I have a model of the radioactivity of a target which is undergoing Neutron Spallation. The Protons are incident upon the target for approximately 200 hours. Within the model, over the course of ...
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Can multiple adjacent reactors use neutron reflector walls in common to save mass?

Reactor designs like fission-fragment and some others use large masses of neutron reflectors to attain criticality. (For that matter, the very first pile did too, and in a staggered form rather ...
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Change in the half-life of a neutron

What would happen if the half-life of a neutron was much more less than it is now? How could this affect the nuclei?
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Nuclear transmutation of radioactive waste using high-energy neutrons

How likely does this work: Accelerate neutrons to as high energy as possible (particle accelerators/ cosmic rays ...) and hit (small samples of) our radioactive waste with it such that it is converted ...
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Which is the mechanism through which dying stars shed their outer atmosphere and leave behind their core? [closed]

I was looking into neutron star creation and I read that when a star dies, it expells its outer atmosphere and leaves behind a really small really dense nucleus (a white dwarf if the first star was a ...
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Can we create sheet of neutron

I want to know are there any theory or technology to create a neutron matter like neutron star on earth. Even a tiny thin sheet like graphene And how heavy it is if we create 1x1 sqmm of neutron ...
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What happens to mass during beta decay?

Sorry for being ignorant, but I'm in high school and our chemistry teacher barely went over beta decay. I decided to do some research and learned that in β+ decay, positrons are emitted from protons ...
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How does a neutron have more mass than a hydrogen atom's isotope (Specifically deuterium)? [closed]

A hydrogen atom weighs 1.00794 u ± 0.00001 u. The mass of a neutron is slightly above it, at 1.00866491600(43) u‎. I'm wondering, how does a neutron weigh more than itself plus 2 extra particles, as ...
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Why is boron so good at neutron absorption?

Why is boron so good at absorbing neutrons? Why does it have such a large target area compared to the size of its nucleus?
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How does neutron reflection work?

What I mean here isn't what is it used for, but what's actually going on with the reflector. There are a lot of sub questions to this. how much energy is lost in the act of reflection. not ...