When a proton is released, one element changes into another. What is this process called?

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Feb 26, 2017

Proton emission


When an proton is emitted from a nucleus the decay is called proton emission or proton reactivity. A proton emission follows a positron emission (#beta^+ decay#).Proton emission is very rare.

For example

#""_11^7N rarr p^+ + ""_10^6C#

The p+ is indicating a free proton

The carbon-10 afterwards gets converted to boron-10 as a result of positron emission

#""_10^6C rarr ""_10^5B + e^-#

10-Boron is stable so it does not further decay