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Old Jun 3rd 2012, 10:33 PM   #1
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Smile Nuclear Decay

Hello,

Would all radioactive decay lead to a daughter nuclide in a "nuclear excited" state, and if so, would this indicate that gamma rays are emitted in order for the nuclear ground/stable state to be reached after any decay?

Also, If nuclear decay occurs b/c of the imbalance of the nucleus's attractive strong nuclear force and the repulsive electrostatic force, why is it said that a "weak force" is the cause for decay?

Thanks a lot.
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