This situation suggests that the electrons, if described as moving, would need to traverse a cycle of three segments, or around 2.5 * 10-13 cm in a period no longer than 1.2 * 10-22 seconds, which implies a minimum velocity of around 2 * 10+9 cm/sec, about 1/15 the speed of light. This is interesting in that, should it be a higher velocity, then relativistic velocities of the electrons would increase their mass and possibly affect the reasoning regarding the mass defect and many other effects.
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However, notice that the steepness of the slopes becomes less for heavier atomic weights. This lower slope suggests less tendency to have beta decay. This is borne out by experimental evidence, where virtually all low weight nuclei decay through beta decay while heavy nuclei rarely have beta decay. These graphs suggest that heavier nuclei might actually have beta decay, but the associated half-life is much longer than the half-life associated with alpha decay. Similar graphs where adjoining graph points are deltaZ=2 and deltaA=4, show an opposite trend, confirming that alpha decay should predominate for heavy atomic weights and, in general, not even be possible for low atomic weights.
This presentation was first placed on the Internet in November 2003.