# Is beta decay continuous?

Apr 8, 2016

In my opinion, yes and no.

#### Explanation:

You might want to elaborate on the question. Anyway, when we talk about their energy (kinetic energy), beta decay is continuous. Scientists found out that the electrons they detected have a range of energies. The discovery was unexpected because they would think that they would get a constant energy for beta decay.

If we disregard the energy, beta decay is still both continuous and not because of the wave-particle duality .

Discrete because beta decay is essentially a release of particles by radioactive atoms . They behave like particles when they interact with other particles (eg: air, other material).

Continuous because beta decay can show wave properties under certain conditions (eg: Young's double slit experiment)