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Alpha Decay

  • Definition: A type of radioactive decay wherein an alpha particle is emitted from the nucleus of a radioactive nuclide. Common for elements whose nuclei are larger than bismuth, alpha decay is often accompained by the release of a gamma ray.

    Source: Kelter P, Mosher M, and Scott A (2008). Chemistry: the Practical Science. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company.

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