Posts Tagged ‘dineutron’

A team of nuclear physicists has recently witnessed an atomic nucleus doing something never seen before: release two neutrons simultaneously. The experiment revealed a completely new type of nuclear decay, the process by which unstable atoms release energy and become more stable forms.

Artemis Spyrou

In this class never before nuclear decay, instead of emitting radiation by following the known patterns, the core simultaneously expelled two neutrons, in what constitutes a dineutron. Although physicists had predicted long ago the existence of this form of decay, it was the first experiment has been achieved witness an event dineutron release.

The team of Artemis Spyrou, of Michigan State University in East Lansing, USA, has been observed for the first time unambiguously the decay via the dineutron, and has been clearly identified in the beryllium-16. Read the rest of this entry »