What nuclide is commonly used in the dating of artifacts
Electron capture occurs when one of the inner electrons in an atom is captured by the atom’s nucleus.
Although the radioactive decay of a nucleus is too small to see with the naked eye, we can indirectly view radioactive decay in an environment called a cloud chamber.
Click here to learn about cloud chambers and to view an interesting Cloud Chamber Demonstration from the Jefferson Lab.
Electron capture has the same effect on the nucleus as does positron emission: The atomic number is decreased by one and the mass number does not change.
This increases the n:p ratio, and the daughter nuclide lies closer to the band of stability than did the parent nuclide.
Beta (β) decay is the emission of an electron from a nucleus.