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Mon March 05, 2012 By: Palak Saxena
 

How can a nucleus emit electrons,in a beta decay,when it does not have one!? thank you.

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Mon March 05, 2012
During beta decay, a neutron in an atom's nucleus turns into a proton, an electron and an antineutrino. The electron and antineutrino fly away from the nucleus, which now has one more proton than it started with. Since an atom gains a proton during beta decay, it changes from one element to another.
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