Definition of beta particle in English:

beta particle

Syllabification: be·ta par·ti·cle
(also beta ray)

noun

Physics
  • A fast-moving electron emitted by radioactive decay of substances. (The emission of beta particles was originally regarded as a ray.).
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    • When it decays it emits a beta particle and a gamma ray, leaving behind a protactinium - 234 atom.
    • During this process (mediated by a virtual W - particle) the nucleus expels a negative beta particle (electron or negatron) as radiation.
    • The weak nuclear force is involved, and the neutron is converted into a proton when the beta particle is emitted.

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