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Do protons die?
« on: July 25, 2009, 02:47:52 AM »
I'm reading a book called the last three minutes and it claims science has proven protons last for at least 1032 years on average.
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Re: Do protons die?
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2009, 04:00:24 AM »
Are protons alive?
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Re: Do protons die?
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2009, 07:37:23 PM »
Are protons alive?


The term death was used in this popular p[hysics book I was reading.

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It looked like an interesting research question.  The author was conjecturing that the proton may last longer than we can actually detect a decay ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proton_decay
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Re: Do protons die?
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2009, 03:29:03 AM »
Well I guess it depends on what position one wants to take. Some say the matter will eventually "evaporate" others seeing matter lasting forever but decaying into even yet smaller particles.
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Re: Do protons die?
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2009, 03:37:30 AM »
Well I guess it depends on what position one wants to take. Some say the matter will eventually "evaporate" others seeing matter lasting forever but decaying into even yet smaller particles.

Yes, with the current lack of experimental evidence, that is what it is left to.

Its interesting you can't prove it lasts forever but you can give a lower bound on its life span
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Re: Do protons die?
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2009, 12:27:06 AM »
Remember Ricky, don't put all your protons in one atom!
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