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The Weak Nuclear Force

  • A. Karel Velan

Abstract

As we have seen, the strong nuclear force is responsible for the formation of quark-containing nuclear particles of matter such as baryons and mesons. However, all of the particles we have analyzed—created in reactions due to cosmic radiation in the upper earth’s atmosphere, but mainly in high-energy particle accelerators—decay shortly after creation, except for the proton (which is stable) and the neutron only as part of the nucleus of atoms. Free neutrons decay in approximately 15 minutes into a proton, electron, and electron-antineutrino.

Keywords

Electromagnetic Force Baryon Number Nuclear Force Cosmic Radiation Particle Creation 
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Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Karel Velan
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  1. 1.Velan, Inc.MontrealCanada

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