decay chain

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decay chain

, decay series
The series of isotopes that some radioactive elements change into as they undergo radioactive disintegration. The last element in the series is often a stable element (i.e., it is nonradioactive).
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They report their research or review the literature on such topics as using composite electrodes in the analysis of drinking water, voltametric and amperometric determination of organic pollutants using boron doped diamond film electrodes, groundwater toxicity due to natural dissolved radionuclides belonging to the uranium and thorium decay series, lessons from field studies in India on the solar disinfection of drinking water, and the impact of low turbidities in the sanitary quality of exploited water.
The U and Th decay series that lead to stable Pb isotopes involve numerous intermediate isotopes with short half-lives.
1973) developed a decay series (based on best judgments and some laboratory data) to estimate N availability in the first, second, third, and fourth year after manure application.