The after effects of β− -decay on time differential perturbed angular correlation (TDPAC) spectra of II–VI semiconductor CdS have been studied using
β− -emitting111Ag as well as111mCd as probe nuclei. The TDPAC spectrum of111Ag in CdS exhibits a time dependent interaction indicating that the preceding β− -decay leaves the daughter nucleus in an excited state. The recovery time (τg) of the probe atom was found to be 16±6 ns while Abragam and Pound's relaxation time (τkr) was found to be 9±2 ns. The results show that β− -decay does change the chemical environment around the probe atom.