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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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How is the electron “trapped in the crystal” in irradiated NaCl?

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