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Why is the proton stable?
Quote from: jerrygg38Why is the proton stable?In simplistic terms, the energy of the three quarks combined into a proton is less than the energy of the three quarks separately. In fact, it is thought that it takes an increasing amount of energy to separate quarks by increasing distances.An equally important question is "why is the neutron unstable?".The different triplet of quarks in an isolated neutron spontaneously decays to the three quarks of a proton (plus an electron & neutrino). The energy of the proton+electron+neutrino is less than the energy of the isolated neutron.
Wave-particle nature certainly exists for protons! They can diffract, tunnel, and exhibit other quantum behavior, they're just much more massive than electrons, so their wavelengths are much shorter.