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  1. #1 protons only 
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    i was in my chemistry class when my evil genius came out.
    i started thinking about the different possibilities of being able to strip a nucleus of it's protons, or being able to seperate the protons from the nuetrons.

    only problem is, i've never heard of anyhitng like this ever happening, so i thought i'd ask around here.

    is it possible to remove protons from the nucleus of an atom, and keep all three parts seperate?


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    Yes, well kind of.
    The electrons and protons will do fine by them selves but the neutrons will decay.
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    The neutrons will decay into a proton and electron and one light fast anti-neutrino.
    Yes that is real anti-matter but it goes zooming off at great speeds and hardly interacts with matter or anti-matter.

    As a mater of fact it was neutron decay that lead to the theory of the existence of the anti-neutrino because without the anti-neutrino momentum was not conserved.

    However, if you get a lot of neutrons together you can get a neutron star.


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    Yes. It's called Proton emission and it occurs during nuclear fission.
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    There is proton emission, but don't count on just artificially separating the protons and neutrons in a nucleus. You have the binding energy to contend with, which will definitely fight any effort to break up the nucleus, unless it's already unstable (as in the common case of U-235).

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    thanks for that little bit on the neutrons, i always thought it was so easy to see the nuetrons as an anti-matter like particle. now i know why.
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