Is the Universe not old enough for the decay of single proton?
- skeptikLv 71 month agoBest Answer
Sort of, but not really.
Quantum decay is probabilistic. A "half-life" is the length of time over which the odds of the decay of a single particle is exactly 50/50. But any given individual particle could take many times that long to decay, or it could decay in no time at all.
There is literally no fixed length of time that is too short for a single decay to be possible.
- HindusufiLv 74 weeks ago
When driving toward the Lawrence Livermore labs I saw a sign along the road that said: "Watch for falling rocks due to proton decay".
- vorenhutzLv 74 weeks ago
We haven't checked them all. I personally haven't checked any, in fact.
- Ronald 7Lv 74 weeks ago
They can not Physically decay by themselves
This Atomic Science you are asking about
Even when The Universe has gone, Atoms will still be around
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- ANDYLv 51 month ago
A single proton decay has not been observed yet. Scientists believe it would take several trillion years to have a complete decay. A proton's half-life is a little less than 3 trillion years, so it needs many half-lives to completely...."vanish".
A proton that becomes a neutron in a nucleus of an atom (by releasing a beta + or positron), is not considered a decay for it is always inside the same atom and is interacting with the other particles there.
- daniel gLv 71 month ago
Didn't know all protons have decay. I mean some decay in no time, others, maybe never.