It means Thorium-234 is the daughter nuclide of this isotope.
Lead (stable) is the final element of this Alpha decay process.
However this isotope is a fertile material, which means other fissile materials are generated from it.
CAS Number: 7440-61-1 Almost all Uranium in nature is found in the form of Uranium-238.
Other isotopes like Uranium 234, Uranium 235 and Uranium 236 are found in smaller quantities in natural Uranium.
The unstable atomic nucleus of Uranium-238 emits ionizing particles and loses energy in order to achieve a stable state. This isotope undergoes Alpha decay by emitting Alpha rays. Following is the equation for the Alpha (α) radiation of this isotope: He (Helium) is similar to an Alpha particle having mass number of 4 and atomic number 2.
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Fertile uranium-238 isotope is used in Breeder Reactors for its neutron capture ability.
Thorium) in the object with the amount of the parent isotope (e.g. Uranium-238 is used as a “tamper” material in nuclear weapons.
Its function is to reduce the required critical mass and make the weapon work more efficiently.
Researchers are trying to find out whether Uranium Dioxide concretes can be used as a Cask Storage material for storing radioactive waste.
The radioactive property of a material is applied to determine the age of objects like rocks and fossils. The decay chain of this isotope is well documented with Lead being the final stable element.