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Alpha decay in elements under 35

  1. Oct 26, 2016 #1
    For a chemistry paper I'm writing, I have to include an example of alpha decay using only elements up to number 35, however, I can't find one that would actually work. Does anyone know of any that could be used?
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  3. Oct 26, 2016 #2


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    What does one mean by 'used'?

    Generally, light elements decay by electron capture (for A < 2Z), and sometime positron emission, or by β-decay for A > 2Z.

    With respect to 35, is one referring to atomic number, Z, or mass, A?

    An obvious radionuclide that decays by alpha emission is 8Be, which is highly unstable.

    See - http://www.nndc.bnl.gov/chart/reCenter.jsp?z=4&n=4 (Select Zoom 1). A number of light nuclei undergo (n,α) reactions, e.g., 6Li + n -> t + α.
  4. Oct 26, 2016 #3
    Thank you, I was refrigerator to the atomic number and by used I simpy meant an isotope that would be plausible, not just a randomly selected one. Thanks again.
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