Accelerated Decay: Theoretical Considerations

Download PDFDownload Accelerated Decay: Theoretical Considerations PDF

RATE II: Radioisotopes and the Age of The Earth: Results of a Young-Earth Creationist Research Initiative, (Volume II), L. Vardiman et al., eds. (San Diego, CA: Institute for Creation Research and the Creation Research Society, 2005)

Abstract

I discuss the possibility of variation of coupling constants and particle masses within modern physics. Quantum mechanical calculations are presented giving the decay constant for α-decay and its variation with depth of the nuclear potential well. Concrete, numerical approaches are considered for the possible variation of the Fermi constant and strong coupling constant over the history of the earth. The dependence of forbidden β-decays on the decay energies is considered as a mechanism which affects the sensitivity of the half-life to changes in coupling constants. For double β-decay data, evidence from experimental data for 82Se, gathered from both geochemical and direct laboratory detection methods, is considered which indicates possible accelerated decay episodes. In addition, data from the Oklo natural reactor are considered as to whether they constrain the possible variation of half-lives.

Keywords

accelerated radioactive decay, alpha-decay, RATE II

For Full Text

Please see the Download PDF link above for the entire article.

The Latest
TESTIMONIALS
The True History of the World
Hello, I’m Nathan Berryman, Comptroller in ICR’s accounting office. ICR’s mission is more important than ever as attacks on the authority...

NEWS
Save the Date for Giving Tuesday 2018!
We’re entering the season of giving, and what better gift to give than the truth of God’s Word. Will you help us reach your family, friends,...

NEWS
Radio Interview: Why Our Origins Matter
Leading up to ICR’s conference in Boston this weekend, Dr. Randy Guliuzza discusses why what we believe about origins matters to our understanding...

TESTIMONIALS
The Only Reasonable Explanation
Hi, my name is Lauren Pennington, and I work in the accounting department here at ICR. Many in our culture today wholeheartedly accept evolution...

CREATION PODCAST
Evaluating Evolution
Does what we believe about origins matter? ICR Science Writer and speaker Brian Thomas discusses the evidence that persuaded him to reject evolution...