Synthetic radioisotope

a synthetic radioisotope is an artificially manufactured radioactive isotope of a chemical element. In physics the term radioactive nuclide or radionuclide is preferred. It does not occur in the earth's crust, it is by conscious or unconscious release by humans. ThatReason for the missing occurrence of such isotopes is the fact that they are not again formed within a natural decay chain to occur or by other processes.

Synthetic radioisotopes develop as fission products (“nuclear ash”) in nuclear power stations or purposefully manufactured for scientific or medical purposes.

At present(2003) are well-known over 2000 synthetic radioisotopes.


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