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The beta decay process: a neutron decays into a proton and an electron (beta radiation) with the emission of a anti-neutrino
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Beta Decay Process

In the beta decay process: a neutron decays into a proton and an electron (beta radiation).
The process also requires the emission of a neutrino (in this case an anti-neutrino) to maintain momentum and energy balance.

This material is considered too complex to be written about at an intermediate or beginner level, so all levels appear in the advanced form.

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