Zoe asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 9 months ago

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

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  • Anonymous
    9 months 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.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    9 months 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

  • 9 months ago

    Helium-4 does not decay.  It is stable.

    Tritium decays by beta emission.

  • 9 months ago

    No.

    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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  • 9 months ago

    Helium 4 is *stable*.

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