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    I'm a bit confused on how electron capture works. What you could kind of call the opposite of electron capture is beta (-) decay, and that involves a W<sup>-</sup> boson. So is there a W boson involved in electron capture? It seems to me that there must be, because there's flavor change involved, yet I haven't been able to find anything on it.


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    Not all electron capture is the opposite of beta decay, which is a form of a nuclear reaction. Most electron capture is simply ionic in nature. You would have to be more specific about the event.


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    Are we talking about the weak interaction or electroweak interaction in reference to this electron being captured? Also please tell me the difference between the electromagnetic and weak interaction of capture of this scenario as I'm not sure 100% which one is more dominant.
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    I'm referring to electron capture as a decay mode... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electron_capture
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