Beta Decay Product...Atom or Ion
Date: Around 1993
When an atom undergoes beta decay, it kicks out what is
essentially an electron, and leaves a proton in the nucleus, causing the
atomic number to increase by one. However, there is now an imbalance between
the number of shell electrons, and protons. Is the "atom" left after beta
decay an ion, or does something else happen that I am missing?
You are right, it is a positive ion, unless the beta particle is
emitted with a low enough energy that it is captured by the ion.
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