Is Radioactive Decay Really Exponential?

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Aston, PJ;
  • Publisher: Institute of Physics
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1209/0295-5075/97/52001
  • Subject: Nuclear Theory | Mathematical Physics | Quantum Physics
    arxiv: High Energy Physics::Experiment

Radioactive decay of an unstable isotope is widely believed to be exponential. This view is supported by experiments on rapidly decaying isotopes but is more difficult to verify for slowly decaying isotopes. The decay of 14C can be calibrated over a period of 12,550 yea... View more
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