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Now for the question! When the mutation sequence is tau > muon > electron, where does the mass/energy go? Similarly, where does the energy come from when the sequence is reversed?
Bill - this is beyond my ken, but I will have a stab at it; hopefully to be corrected if JP swings by.
No energy is permanently lost or gained (but it may be temporarily "borrowed", which is permitted by Heisenberg's uncertainty principle).
Thanks folks for the input.JP, as usual your explanation is great. I read it once, and thought "I understand that". Trouble was, I read it again, and now I'm not so sure. The more I think about it the less sure I am about where the mass is and what's going on. Is it me, or is that a feature of QM?