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For questions relating to the dynamics and processes that occur within and interactions between the nuclei of atoms.

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Researchers are looking for the Island of Stability, a predicted group of heavy nuclei with halflives in the minutes or even days. While we have some understanding that certain nuclear … isotope is produced, no one knows how long it will be around. Every time a new nuclide is produced, observations of its decay help refine the models of nuclear stability and decay. The Island of Stability …
answered Sep 17 '13 by Ben Norris
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Nuclear reactions appear to violate both the Laws of Conservation of Mass and Energy because mass is converted into energy or vice versa. However, the concept of mass-energy equivalence that emerges …
answered Sep 18 '13 by Ben Norris
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For all radioactive decay (or other nuclear reaction) of a nuclide into other nuclides, the atomic number $Z$ and mass number $A$ need to be conserved. $$\ce{_{Z_1}^{A_1}X -> _{Z_2}^{A_2}Q + _{Z_3 …
answered May 4 '14 by Ben Norris