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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 ...
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Evidence for standard model description of neutrons

as I don't know too much about experiments I have the following question concerning the evidence about the quark constituents in neutrons. After a quick google investigation I found some sentences ...
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Is a neutron star basically an isotope?

Since a neutron star is basically just a vast amount of densely packed neutrons, I was wondering whether those neutrons form a single "atom" (of atomic number zero) or whether they are further apart ...
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Gamma spectroscopy - Table of radioactive isotopes with gamma energy search

For anyone doing gamma spectroscopy by hand, the task is considerably eased by tables like this: http://nucleardata.nuclear.lu.se/toi/ Where not only can you search for particular nuclides, but you ...
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Gamma spectroscopy - neutron activation of a stable isotope

Question about gamma spectroscopy here. If I suspect that on a gamma spectrum I have a line which is a consequence of the presence of Ge-78 - which is being produced via the neutron activation of a ...
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Is it possible to have neutron capture reaction induced by more than one neutron?

Is it possible to have neutron capture reaction induced by more than one neutron? I mean X(2n,...)Y. I think i saw some reactions like that before but cant remember the source. Thanks
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Can an excited nucleus capture a second neutron? [duplicate]

I am wondering if is it possible to have the following scenario: Nucleus captures neutron. Nucleus is excited but does not relax through decay but captures another neutron. Maybe it is possible if ...
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Bragg Scattering of Thermal Neutrons [closed]

I'm currently reviewing Bragg scattering. The particular problem below has me slightly confused on whether I'm thinking about it correctly. Questions Is the problem below referring to the kinetic ...
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Nucleon-meson interaction

Suppose interaction lagrangian between neutron-proton doublet and $\pi$-mesons: $$ \tag 1 L_{\pi pn} = \bar{\Psi}\pi_{a}\tau_{a}(A\gamma_{5} + B)\Psi , \quad \Psi = \begin{pmatrix} p \\ n\end{pmatrix} ...
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Fission of U-235 produces Cs-137 along with…?

Question about Nuclear fission in general, here. If I have the fission of U-235 and I know that one of the products is Cs-137, is there a way of figuring out the other product? Should there be ...
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Fission producing Cs-137

This is I suppose quite a precise question about Nuclear fission. What produces, aside from U-235, via a fission process, Cs-137? Does any isotope of Actinium, for example, undergo a fission process ...
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Difference between scattering amplitude and scattering lenght

I'm studying neutron scattering theory and I noticed that one usually writes the scattered wave as a spherical wave: $$\psi \sim \frac{-b} {r}e^{ikr}$$ where $b$ is known as scattering lenght. From ...
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What makes neutron heavier than a proton? [duplicate]

The mass of proton is 1.672*10¯²7 kg while it is 1.675*10¯²7 kg. Both are made up of 3 quarks each. Then what makes proton lighter than a neutron?
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Ground state of 113Sn from shell model

The shell model predicts that the ground state of 113Sn with 63 neutrons would have J=5/2+. But the ground state is taken to be 1/2+. What is the reason behind that? Has it got something to do with ...
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How was the neutron's spin measured?

In 2012 it was asked, How to measure the spin of a neutral particle. I'm not sure that the answer "Neutron spin can be measured in a Stern Gerlach setup." was really carried out. So what for ...
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How do neutrons escape nuclei?

How do neutrons ejected from a nucleus gain kinetic energy if the they don't repel electrically and the nuclear force only attracts? Does it have something to do with the weak force?
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If both neutron stars and white dwarf stars can have the same mass, what determines what a star of that mass will become when it “dies”?

My understanding is that roughly 1.4 solar masses is the upper limit for white dwarf stars, and that the lower bound for neutron stars is around 1.1 solar masses. Is there any way to tell what a star ...
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Can natural gamma radiation be induced by cosmic rays?

When cosmic-ray particles like muons or neutrons impinge the ground, they get slowed down, thermalized and captured. This process is most effective when water/rain/moisture is present. Furthermore, ...
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Total energy of neutrons and protons

In a stable nucleus, are the total energies of neutrons and protons same?
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Free neutrons in the sun's core?

In the standard description of proton-proton fusion, the first step of the interaction proceeds through the unbound diproton $\rm^2He$: $$ \begin{aligned} \rm p + p &\to \rm {}^2He^* \\ \rm ^2He^* ...
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What do moles and moles of various subatomic particles gathered together look like?

I wonder whether it is even possible to find the answer. If it is impossible to find out, why? Do moles of neutrons basically look like a neutron star? If so, what does one look like? How about ...
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Does water absorb neutrons?

Water is used as a shielding material in nuclear reactors. What's its function as a shield? Does it absorb neutrons and is there a reaction between water and neutrons?
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When align the neutron's magnetic dipole moment, does moving neutron radiates?

Was performed an experiment in the past, where neutrons pass a magnetic field and their magnetic dipole moment get aligned? Was measured an electromagnetic radiation during the experiment?
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Why do only heavy radioactive elements perform fission or fusion?

Why do only heavy radioactive elements perform fission or fusion? I mean what's so special about heavy elements which makes them ideal for nuclear fission? Also why do only neutrons show ...
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Why doesn't Beta Decay violate the laws of physics?

In Beta decay, a neutron decays into a proton, and "throws out" an electron at high speed. However, this, to me, suggests that the law of conservation of mass is not being kept here. Neutrons have a ...
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Is it possible to create helium atoms by bombarding heavy water with neutrons?

If heavy water is bombarded by neutrons is it possible that any of the deuterium atoms can capture neutrons and transmute to helium atoms? I suspect the more probable event would be knocking protons ...
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How does the number of electrons and protons determine the melting point and hardness of a solid?

How does the number of electrons, neutrons and protons determine the melting point and hardness of a solid/metal? And is it possible to create custom elements which is very strong and have very high ...
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How large should an optically large fusion reactor be?

This is just theoretical consideration. I expect that size of the reactor would be impractical to build on Earth, but I'm interested how much. EDIT: perhaps it could be good for some huge spacecraft ...
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What is the equation for the pressure at which neutrons can no longer be supported by neutron degeneracy pressure?

What is the equation for the pressure at which neutrons can no longer be supported by neutron degeneracy pressure? At which point they would collapse into each other. There seems to be one for ...
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What experiment(s) have or can refute the existence of an electron-particle “system” over the separate existence of a neutron within itself?

This question actually came about from a discussion of another question posed here The neutron is known to be comprised of an electron and a proton, and there are observations that the neutron can be ...