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Nuclear Chemistry

Chemistry Inside the Atom

What is a beta particle?

Beta particles are another type of particle that can be emitted during a nuclear decay process. A beta particle can be either an electron or a positron, which is the antiparticle of an electron. If it is an electron being emitted, one of the neutrons in the nucleus must become a proton to conserve charge in the process. Beta decay increases the number of protons in the nucleus by one and leaves the atomic mass essentially unchanged.



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