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Factors which influence to half-life speed

  1. Nov 23, 2014 #1
    Looking for researches, articles and experimental values conserning factors which influence to half-life speed for different isotopes.
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    In general, the halflife of an isotope is considered to be constant, providing physics doesn't change over time. ;)

    The exception is decay via electron capture. That is changed by the amount of electrons in the vicinity of the decaying nucleus e.g. the charge state of the atom. For example, the half-life of completely ionized 7Be is infinite, as the only possible decay channel is EC. For most isotopes that decay via EC, it is only one of the possible decay channels.
  5. Nov 24, 2014 #4
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    What has this got to do with nuclear physics? or half life?

    What does this have to do with half-life?

    Perhaps you need to reframe the question.
  8. Nov 24, 2014 #7
    Ok. Can you give me the link to the researches (where described approaches and methods) and experimental data which prove all this values of half-life mentioned here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radionuclide
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    The National Nuclear Data Center is home to most of the collated knowledge of nuclear physics. It is home to the consensus values of half-lifes in the community. Now, if you want to go look at the half life of a particular nucleus, and see the original study, you want to go to the ENSDF database http://www.nndc.bnl.gov/ensdf/ and search for the isotope of interest. The ENDSF file will include the references to the experimental data. For example, I pick 14C, and get this page by selecting the adopted levels, gammas page (but you may also pick reaction by reaction if you choose) http://www.nndc.bnl.gov/useroutput/AR_B3250B5CB2E46AC0B6E43179706C2AB0_1.html

    This tells me that the half life is 5700 years, and that this is found from:

    And I could go look at those papers now, and see the experimental methods used.

    Hope this helps!
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  10. Nov 24, 2014 #9
    Great! Thanks a lot!
  11. Nov 24, 2014 #10
    Going to add some related links in this tread:
    1. Evidence for Correlations Between Nuclear Decay Rates and Earth-Sun Distance
    2. Evidence against correlations between nuclear decay rates and Earth–Sun distance
    3. Experiments on the Effect of Atomic Electrons on the Decay Constant of Be7 II.
    http://www.whoi.edu/cms/files/1972AnRevNucSci22p165_68424.pdf [Broken]
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