does helium 4 or tritium decay fast by gamma rays?
this isnt a hw question just asking because I am confused as to if I am correct or not
- YKhanLv 73 weeks ago
Only nuclear fusion or fission processes produce gamma rays.
Helium-4 is stable, it does not decay. Same with Helium-3, completely stable, non-radioactive. It's rarer than Helium-4 though, but that's only because of the stellar processes that produce each type of helium.
Tritium, aka Hydrogen-3, decays by beta decay, produces no gamma rays. Just produces an electron or positron plus a neutrino, no photons.
- ZirpLv 73 weeks ago
I'm not sure what you mean by "by gamma-rays".
If you mean "by being bombarded with gamma-rays" the answer is no. No method to speed up radio-active decay has been found - except shooting neutrons into nuclei like happens in nuclear reactors and atom-bombs
- Roger the MoleLv 73 weeks ago
Helium-4 does not decay. It is stable.
Tritium decays by beta emission.
- skeptikLv 73 weeks ago
Tritium decays into Helium-3 by beta decay, with a half life of a bit over 12 years.
Helium-4 is a stable isotope, and has no known fast decay mechanism.
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- Vincent GLv 73 weeks ago
Helium 4 is *stable*.