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Homework Help: Make something radioactive

  1. Dec 9, 2009 #1
    How would i go about making something radioactive?

    could I just blast it with beta radiation?
     
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  3. Dec 9, 2009 #2

    mgb_phys

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    Materials and objects are normally made radioctive by contaminating the surface with a radioactive material.
    But if you mean induced radioactivity - that is converting a non-radioactive element to a radioctive form - it depends on the element. The normal method is to add neutrons but not all elements have a reachable radioactive isotope.

    Can't think of any isotopes of the top of my head.
     
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