I have completed an experiment to measure the decay rate of an isotope, and I am trying to estimate uncertainties. The half life is 40 seconds, with decays counted over a 15 second period (with many of these 10 second periods for a total of 6 minutes of recordings)(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

However in more detailed readings I think my set up may not model a Poisson distribution. As the rate of decay is clearly will drop off significantly over the measurement timeframe. So am I measuring a non-homogenous Poisson process or homogenous, or am I completely missing the understanding of non-homogenous Poisson?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, my confusions are doing my head in.

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# Short half life nuclear homogenous or non homogenous Poisson?

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