relates to the dynamics and processes that occur within and interactions between the nuclei of atoms.

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Radical formation via tritium to helium decay

Following on from this question about tritium water, I was wondering whether the decay of tritium to helium-3 has ever been used in organic synthesis. Such a transition would presumably result in no ...
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Why is Tin-112 stable, but indium-112 radioactive?

According to Wikipedia, Tin-112 is a stable nuclide, but indium-112 is radioactive (half-life only 14 mins). What is the explanation for this?
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Isn't the mass of a carbon 12 equal to a mass of 6 neutron + 6 proton + 6 electron?

The mass of Carbon 12 is 12u from definition, and is formed with 6 neutron, each with 1.0087u, 6 proton, each with 1.0072u and 6 electron, each with 0.0005u, which all add up to 12.0894u. why is there ...
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What chemical elements does a nuclear explosion release into its mushroom cloud?

I'm interested in the mushroom cloud produced by a nuclear explosion: What is it made of? I know that the uranium fission reaction is the following (from this web page) $$\ce{{}^{235}U + {}^1_0n ...
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Can we make Gold in a Lab? [duplicate]

Can we make Gold in a Lab? Is it possible to make changes in metals that will create Gold? and How? I have tried to search something related to this but didn't get any good results. Thanks in Advance
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Why doesn't the atomic number change by two in the process of production of Americium?

Looking at the bomardment of uranium-238 this is what I see. First, I see a uranium-238 atom with 92 protons bombarded with a neutron. The neutron then undergoes beta decay into a proton. So we ...
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Why neutrons are neutral?

If electrons have a negative charge and protons have a positive charge then how come neutrons have zero charge without consisting of protons and electrons ? (Excuse my bad English)
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How are nuclei stable?

We all know that the density of the nucleus is very high. Nuclei are made up of protons and neutrons, and while protons have the same charge, they are closely packed in a nucleus. How does the ...
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Beta Decay - Doesn't Add Up [duplicate]

The definition of Beta Decays is as follows Electron comes out. Example as follows: $$\ce{^131_53I -> ^131_54Xe + e^-}$$ So Iodine forms Xe and releases one electron with a -1 charge only and ...
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Nuclear power: what material is the control rod made from?

My question: What type of material is used in the control rod of a nuclear reactor? (Nuclear power plant)
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What is the reason behind choosing the specific elements used for the synthesis of heavier elements?

Attempts to synthesize still undiscovered elements This is derived from the wiki page: "extended periodic table" and is one of the many examples d or f block elements are used in ...
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A paradox in the philosophy of instability

The heavier the atom, the more unstable it gets, right? That is not true about Uranium and we know it. I wondered why. A brief explanation stated that since more neutrons are there in the nucleus ...
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If radium has such a long half-life, how can radon possibly be a threat to us?

If the probability is so low that a radium atom will decay into radon at any given time (the half-life is over 1600 years), then there will be a low amount of radon produced, granted it will be ...
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What is the difference between nuclear fission and nuclear fusion?

I always mix up the definition of nuclear fission and nuclear fusion. So, what is nuclear fission and nuclear fusion, and an example for each?
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Why does radioactive decay occur?

Is there a reason radioactive decay is exponential, as in after an extremely long time some of the original compound remains, or is this just an empirical model? Also, why does $\ce{^{238}U}$ have a ...
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Do elements actually transmute in nuclear reactions?

Whenever a nuclear transmutation happens, do we get a new element or do we have the same element with chemical properties of a different element? Isn't it very much against the intuition?
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“Orthogonality” of chemical elements

Chemical elements are said to be immutable at normal energies, but not at the energies that are orders of magnitude higher. Given that nucleus at normal energies gives us the Periodic Table and at ...
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Conversion of one atom to another to get the element of the latter atom in abundance

One child who is in 9th standard has claimed to have find a solution to all practical physical problems. On asking for details, he said that all periodic elements has common components, i.e. ...
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Radioactivity and Kinetics of disintegration

Well I've just started on kinetics and there are a few things I am absolutely confused about! First of all , is neutron actually made up of a proton and electron? if yes then how is it possible? In ...
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How long must a sample be irradiated before all 59-Co atoms are converted to 60-Co? [closed]

For the interaction, n$^0$ + $^{59}$Co $\to$ $^{60}$Co
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Interpret Radiodecay Symbolism

$\binom{16}{8}$O (n,$\alpha$)$\binom{13}{6}$C and $\binom{9}{4}$Be ($\alpha$,n)$\binom{12}{6}$C I had initially thought the products & reactants may be O-16 $\to$ C-13 + He-2 + p$^+$ from alpha ...
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Turn lead into gold via radioactive decay

I was looking at the isotope's table and noticed that one of Lead's isotopes can actually turn into stable gold through this mechanism : ...
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Why can't light pass through a gold foil, but alpha particles can?

Rutherfords experiment showed that most of the alpha particles passed through a thin gold foil undeflected. So why can't light pass through the foil, which is supposedly thinner than the heavy alpha ...
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Can a proton be ejected from an atom?

Consider a neutral atom that has $n$ protons and $n$ electrons. Is it possible to remove a proton from the atom via some technique such as bombardment with another particle or applying an appropriate ...
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Why isn't Neptunium used in nuclear reactors in nuclear power plants?

Why isn't Neptunium used in nuclear reactors in nuclear power plants? Uranium is, and Plutonium is. But Neptunium isn't and it is in the middle of them. Is it like it is too hard to make it do ...
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Can there be a reaction in which nuclear fission or fusion takes place along with atomic recombination?

Can a nuclear reaction occur along with a chemical reaction involving bond formation? Can anyone suggest an example of this, please?
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Find ratio of number of atoms of $A$ and $B$

However I am thinking of this question to be damn easy but still I'll not say as I am not getting it, There are two radio nuclei $A$ and $B$. $A$ is $\alpha$ emitter and $B$ is $\beta$ emitter ...
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Final amount of Hg present after $\beta$ decay

I have been trying to solve an exercise of Nuclear Chemistry, well I was not sure that whether I should I ask this on physics or chemistry but I think that if chemistry had an exercise based on this ...
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Is it possible to compress an atom to infinite density?

I know, by nature, normally atoms are stable. But I wonder, if it is possible to compress an atom, say the Hydrogen atom, to infinite density by applying external force? After all, electrons and ...
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What is a product of water ionization ?

I've read that radioactive compounds are dangerous because they emit electromagnetic waves (gamma-radiation, ...),.. that are dangerous for living organisms because they can ionize atoms in molecules. ...
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Are the electrons also distributed for the alpha decay?

Consider this reaction of alpha decay: $$ \ce{^{222}_{88}Ra -> ^{218}_{86}Rn + ^4_2 He} $$ My question is, whether or not the electrons also get distributed in the reaction like the nucleons?
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The last element's atomic number

I was just thinking what can be the last atomic number that can exist within the range of permissible radioactivity limit and considering all other factors in quantum physics and chemical factors.
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Where do the electrons that are released in the sun go?

I've heard that electrons are released from the clutches of nuclei in the plasma state that is present in the sun. My question is: Where do these electrons go? Do they go to the product nuclei of the ...
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Notation of Beta decay

Is it an ion or a neutral atom that is created through Beta decay? For example: $_6^{14}\mathrm C \to ~ _7^{14}\mathrm N + \mathrm e^- + \mathrm{v{_e}}^{-}$ Isn't $_7^{14}N$ an ion since neutron ...
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In nuclear chemistry, how does a neutron split to form a proton and an electron?

I'm studying radioisotopes at the moment and balancing nuclear reactions isn't making sense in that more matter is coming out of the equation in negative β decay equations : ...
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New technology that has replaced the old radioisotope

What technology has the radioisotope Cobalt 60 replaced in medicine? E.g.,PET preferred over CT scans
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A function for getting the nuclide's nuclear binding energy?

Is there a function $f(A)$ or $f(Z, A)$ that gets the energy of nuclear binding of one nuclide in atom? Or other way to get it? My chemistry book says only to get it from the chart which is very ...
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What does HTO decay into?

I'm aware that tritium undergoes beta decay forming Helium-3. But in the case of HTO, what does it decay into? I don't suppose it decays into HeHO.
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Nuclear fusion reactions violate law of conservation of mass, but it has not yet been taken into account. Why?

According to the law of conservation of mass, during any physical or chemical changes, the total mass of the products is equal to the total mass of the reactants. But in nuclear fusion reaction if ...
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What is advantage of creating elements that disappear in a flash?

More than dozen of heavy elements of periodic table do not occur naturally but are prepared artificially at nuclear reactors.. These elements are said to disappear in a flash.. So, why invest lot of ...
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Do the names of some elements have anything to do with Planets?

There are elements like Neptunium and Plutonium in the periodic table. Did their discovery have anything to do with Neptune and Pluto? Or are they randomly assigned with such names?
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Why can't we use fusion to make ourselves rich?

As we know on fusing two hydrogen atoms we can convert it to helium and by breaking them we get two $\ce{H}$ atoms. So why can't we convert mercury to gold by removing 1 proton per atom?
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Is there a simple field test for heavy water?

Thought experiment Given two glasses of water, how would one detect which glass contains heavy water, and which contains potable water without using complicated laboratory equipment? Something like ...
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Radiation time vs. half life period

Is radiation time the same thing as half life period? Also, if I'm talking about excited species in a gas, how would the gas interaction affect the radiation time, are there some ...
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How is the electron “trapped in the crystal” in irradiated NaCl?

Pennsylvania State University provides irradiated $\ce{NaCl}$ (180,000 rads of gamma radiation) to teachers for a very entertaining demonstration. The salt is orange after irradiation. When it is ...