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Radioactive Decay Chains

  • Michael ThoennessenEmail author
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Abstract

Unique decay characteristics of the first isotopes were measured before the concept of isotopes was developed. The chapter describes the first observations of radioactivity and the subsequent classifications into decay chains leading to Soddy’s periodic law of the radio-elements. The discovery of all isotopes of the three naturally occurring decay chains are described.

Keywords

Decay Chain Radioactive Substance Uranium Isotope Uranium Series Decay Branch 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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