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Feb
20
asked Beta decay for Ar-38, K-38, Cl-38
Feb
20
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Feb
20
accepted $\alpha$ decay to more than one nuclear state
Feb
20
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Feb
20
comment $\alpha$ decay to more than one nuclear state
Ok I think I understand, all that I'm unsure of now is for the example decay, (which is only from class notes, but I will assume to be true) why the ground state cannot be reached by the decay. When you grab two protons and neutrons, why can you not take the highest energy ones and thus be in the $^{237}Pm$ ground state
Feb
20
revised $\alpha$ decay to more than one nuclear state
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20
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20
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Feb
20
asked $\alpha$ decay to more than one nuclear state