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I think there is no known physical theory that predicts the radioactive properties of elements in the periodic table. I guess it would be great if we can predict theoretically the radioactive properties (stability, fission-ability, half-life, types of emitted particles, and their energies ) given the number of neutrons and protons in the nucleus.

Given the number of neutrons and protons in a nucleus of an element, Can quantum theory predict all radioactive properties of that element (stability, fission-ability, half-life, types of emitted particles, and their energies)?

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    $\begingroup$ Nuclear physics, based in quantum mechanics, can do reasonably well. So I’m a bit unclear on exactly what you are asking. $\endgroup$
    – Jon Custer
    Jun 19, 2019 at 13:19
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    $\begingroup$ try the shell model, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_shell_model $\endgroup$
    – anna v
    Jun 19, 2019 at 14:08
  • $\begingroup$ @JonCuster Given the number of neutrons and protons in a nucleus, Can quantum physics predict all radioactive properties of that element (stability, fission-ability, half-life, types of emitted particles, and their energies )? $\endgroup$ Jun 19, 2019 at 17:51
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    $\begingroup$ I think that you need an overview on nuclear physics. But, one paper I read recently is 'Calculation of Fission Neutron Spectra for Spontaneous Fission of $^{240}$Pu, $^{238}$Pu and $^{242}$Pu', (R.L. Walsh et al., Nuclear Science and Engineering 108:1 109-115 (2017) - I think that gives some idea of what can be calculated these days. $\endgroup$
    – Jon Custer
    Jun 19, 2019 at 18:53

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