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

Feb 26, 2017

Proton emission

Explanation:

When an proton is emitted from a nucleus the decay is called proton emission or proton reactivity. A proton emission follows a positron emission (${\beta}^{+} \mathrm{de} c a y$).Proton emission is very rare.

For example

${\text{_11^7N rarr p^+ + }}_{10}^{6} C$

The p+ is indicating a free proton

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

${\text{_10^6C rarr }}_{10}^{5} B + {e}^{-}$

10-Boron is stable so it does not further decay