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    Does subatomic decay and the speed of light have a relationship? Thanks +/_ Peace!


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    Quote Originally Posted by ampwitch View Post
    Does subatomic decay and the speed of light have a relationship? Thanks +/_ Peace!
    Doubtful. These decay processes involve nuclear forces (strong and weak) as well as electromagnetic. The speed of light is irrelevant - the distances involved are ~ 10^(-12) cm.


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    Are not subatomic particles, neutrons and occasionally protons, found travelling faster than hell in the deep space outside of our atmosphere?

    Obviously not at the speed of light. jocular
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    Thanks for the input. Peace!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
    Are not subatomic particles, neutrons and occasionally protons, found travelling faster than hell in the deep space outside of our atmosphere?

    Obviously not at the speed of light. jocular
    It is certainly true that particles travelling at speeds approaching the speed of light (faster than hell, may well be the preferred technical term) will appear to decay more slowly because of time dilation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
    Are not subatomic particles, neutrons and occasionally protons, found travelling faster than hell in the deep space outside of our atmosphere?

    Obviously not at the speed of light. jocular
    It is certainly true that particles travelling at speeds approaching the speed of light (faster than hell, may well be the preferred technical term) will appear to decay more slowly because of time dilation.
    APPEAR to decay more slowly, yes, but only to the observer, yes? Physical events imposed upon the high-speed object, such as decay, do not change their rates, yes? I was taught that nothing ever discovered can change the rate of radioactive decay. jocular
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    "APPEAR to decay more slowly, yes, but only to the observer, yes? Physical events imposed upon the high-speed object, such as decay, do not change their rates, yes? I was taught that nothing ever discovered can change the rate of radioactive decay." Jocular

    So then is it even realistic to ponder the idea that the rate of an decay of an unknown or undiscovered particle in terms of "speed" i.e. light the world of Physics?? Even more what happens to Higgs Boson and the yet to be sorted out ...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
    APPEAR to decay more slowly, yes, but only to the observer, yes? Physical events imposed upon the high-speed object, such as decay, do not change their rates, yes? I was taught that nothing ever discovered can change the rate of radioactive decay. jocular
    Absolutely.
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    One can introduce different decay mechanisms. Which scale differently from free decay. But free decay will allways be scaled by lightspeed.
    In the information age ignorance is a choice.
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