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Alpha decay

  1. May 24, 2010 #1
    I'm sorry if this question has been posted before, but how much energy would it take for thallium to decay into gold? I know it would cost more to decay thallium into gold than the gold is actually worth, but I'm just curious.
     
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  3. May 24, 2010 #2

    Borek

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    You can't make something decay the way you want it. Just because you have some thallium doesn't mean it will decay into gold. For that you need a particular thallium isotope. Sometimes you can force decay irradiating starting material, no idea if it will work for Tl.
     
  4. May 24, 2010 #3
    Ahh I see. Sorry I'm just starting to learn about decay so I guess I don't understand it very well. Thanks
     
  5. May 25, 2010 #4

    Borek

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    Nothing wrong with wanting to learn and misunderstanding something on your way up :smile:
     
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