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Facts about Neutrons

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Due to the fact that free neutrons are unstable, they (neutron radiation) can be obtained only from nuclear disintegrations or high-energy reactions (such as cosmic radiation or in accelerators).

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The common means of detecting a charged particle by looking for a track of ionization does not work for neutrons.

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By measuring the rate at which slow neutrons return to the probe after reflecting off of hydrogen nuclei, a neutron probe may determine the water content in soil.

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The means that we have for detecting neutrons consists of allowing them to interact with atomic nuclei.

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Nuclear forces play the leading role when neutrons pass through regular matter.

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The number of neutrons determines the isotope; for example, the carbon-12 isotope has six protons and six neutrons, while the carbon-14 isotope has six protons and eight neutrons.

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A common method for detecting neutrons involves converting the energy released from such reactions into electrical signals.

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When this happens, the neutrons and target nuclei can be scattered (deflected or slowed down), absorbed, or transformed into something different.

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Atoms of the same element, same number of protons, with different numbers of neutrons are called isotopes.

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Neutrons' lack of electric charge prevents engineers or experimentalists from being able to steer or accelerate them.

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Neutrons, like other particles, can undergo elastic collisions.

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When this happens, the neutrons and target nuclei can be scattered (deflected or slowed down), absorbed, or transformed into something different.

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Particles inside the nucleus are typically resonances between neutrons and protons, which transform into one another by the emission and absorption of pions.

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Gravity is often not discussed when talking about neutrons.

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The movement of the charges inside the neutrons do not cancel however, and this is what gives the neutron its nonzero magnetic moment.

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Outside the nucleus, neutrons are unstable and have a mean lifetime of 886 seconds (about 15 minutes), decaying by emitting an electron and antineutrino to become a proton.

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Such uncharged particles were eventually called neutrons, apparently from the Latin root for neutral and the Greek ending -on (by imitation of electron and proton).

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Neutrons in this unstable form are known as free neutrons.

Electrons are the smallest of the three particles that make up atoms. Electrons are found in shells or orbitals that surround the nucleus of an atom. Protons and neutrons are found in the nucleus. They group together in the center of the atom.

Atoms are made of extremely tiny particles called protons, neutrons, and electrons. Protons and neutrons are in the center of the atom, making up the nucleus. Electrons surround the nucleus. Protons have a positive charge. Electrons have a negative charge.

After the invention of the particle accelerator, it was discovered that electrons are fundamental particles, but neutrons and protons are not. Neutrons and protons are made up of quarks, which are held together by Gluons. There are six types of quarks. The types are called flavours.

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