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Can a quark quantum tunnel outside a nucleus?

I read that a particle wavefunction can extend over a thin barrier and there is a probability of finding it over the barrier even though it doesn't have the necessary energy, what about quark?
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If a nucleus is radioactive, will another nucleus with lesser binding energy be necessarily radioactive?

Consider two nuclei A and B. Let the binding energy of A is less than the binding energy of B (i.e., A is unstable compared to B) and B is known to be radioactive. Does it mean that A also has to be ...
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What sets the half life of unstable nuclei/nucleons?

A chemist friend asked me what sets the half life for free neutrons, unstable nuclei, etc. He said in chemistry half lives of molecules can often be calculated based on concentrations and molecular ...
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How are our enzymes able to perform quantum tunnelling?

The hydrogen protons undergo quantum tunnelling in the the sun to fuse into helium, but are only able to do so as they are under immense heat and pressure and the protons and electrons get separated. ...
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How to derive the Gamow factor in a simple way?

I want to know how to derive the Gamow factor (how to solve the integral and which approximation I have to do) without the centrifugal correction. $$V(r) = V_N(r)+V_c(r). $$ The Gamow factor is ...
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Effective Coulomb barrier for deuteron

What is the effective Coulomb barrier for a Deuterium-deuterium fusion reaction? I am seeing temperatures of about $40 \times 10^7 K$ online, but have no idea how they are getting this. If we have $...
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Where does the “borrowed energy” come from in Alpha decay?

I was also thinking about the uncertainty principle in regards with energy & time. The question of something like: Alpha tunneling out of the nucleus is where this can be invoked, but having an ...
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Tunneling of alpha particles

Consider this explanation of the alpha decay: It says The Coulomb barrier faced by an alpha particle with this energy is about 26 MeV, so by classical physics it cannot escape at all. Quantum ...