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Old 05-15-2019, 12:20 AM
KidCharlemagne is offline
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Why do radioactive atoms eject helium nuclei and not hydrogen nuclei?

I'm watching Chernobyl on HBO and so decided to reacquaint myself with basic nuclear chemistry. Why do alpha particles consist of 2 neutrons and protons? Why don't atoms also eject a single neutron/proton pair? Thanks!


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