Radioactive Decay – Series Decay




Series Decay

  1. Sometimes after a radioactive decay, the daughter nuclide formed is still unstable.
  2. It will further decay into another nuclide which may also unstable.
  3. This process continues until a stable nuclide is reached. This is called a series decay.
  4. Each decay will emit either an alpha particle or a beta particle and may be gamma ray.
  5. Figure below shows a series decay started from plutonium-241 to formed Thallium-205 eventually.
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