What would happen if an electron was put in the nucleus?

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What would happen if an electron got put in the nucleus?

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« Last Edit: 22/10/2008 14:00:24 by daveshorts »

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What would happen if an electron was put in the nucleus?
« Reply #1 on: 22/10/2008 14:05:01 »
It is possible for protons to capture electrons and create a neutron. This will happen mostly in elements with too many protons. It is effectively the opposite of beta decay when a neutron spits out an electron and turns into a proton.

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What would happen if an electron was put in the nucleus?
« Reply #2 on: 23/10/2008 08:25:14 »
Protons also capture electrons in the formation of a neutron star.
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What would happen if an electron was put in the nucleus?
« Reply #3 on: 27/10/2008 18:57:17 »
It is interesting to note that although the protons in the neucleus attract the electron the electron's mass is so low that it has a high uncertanty of position and "jitters about" so much even the first electron to join a nucleus does not spend much time close to the nucleus it is this tat ensures that atoms are as big as they are.
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