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  1. #1 Radioactive Decay And Ionization 
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    I've Been Thinking About It, And One Things Confused Me A Touch...


    Could A Beta Particle Ionize An Alpha Particle, Turning It Into A Cation?

    There Isn't Really Anything To Stop It, As Long As They Would Collide,
    In Fact, That Doesnt Even Need To Happen, As Alpha Is Positive And Beta Is Negative They Would Attract Eachother As Long As They Are Moving Reasonably Closely


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    An alpha particle is already a cation.

    It normally acquires two electrons to become a neutral helium atom.
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    ah yes, but i mean as its moving
    a beta particle would be alot faster, meaning it would lose part of its charge while moving if a beta particle caught onto an alpha particle
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