electrons shot into free neutrons Experiment to confirm that electrons initiate Neutron decay, not the proton Chapt15.39 Glossary #1159 New Physics #1279 ATOM TOTALITY 5th ed
Jan 18, 2013 6:53 AM
I was not aware that measuring neutron decay rate was so very difficult. So that if measuring the decay rate is difficult, you can imagine that measuring whether the pre-electron or pre-proton initiates the decay of a free neutron is going to be that much more extremely difficult. But it must be done.
--- quoting from NEW SCIENTIST, Sep 23, 1989 --- The secret half-life of a cold neutron: ... Although the walls of the bottle absorbed neutrons at a low rate, the scientists managed to measure it and subtract it from the total rate of loss. They did this by using bottles of different sizes. The various sizes affect the rate at which the neutrons hit the walls. --- end quote ---
Now perhaps this bottle technique may aid in answering the question of which leads the decay, the pre-electron or the pre-proton. I would think that we could repeat the bottle experiment and introduce free positrons or free electrons into the bottle along with the free neutrons. If the pre-electron is the initiator of the neutron decay, then there should be more positron-electron annihilations than otherwise. If the bottle is given free electrons along with the free neutrons, there should be more hydrogen atoms formed if the pre-proton is the initiator of free neutron decay.
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