Erasmus00 Posted August 20, 2009 Report Share Posted August 20, 2009 The reaction only goes forward if the kinetic energy/momentum of the electron/proton are high enough to allow the reaction to go forward. Energy/momentum still need to be conserved. Further, this is for the synthesis of a free neutron- in stars the hydrogen is being converted to helium 4. This means that we need to include the protons electromagnetic energy in the nucleus on the left side. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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