decay chain

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decay chain

[di′kā ‚chān]
(nuclear physics)
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High-resolution [Gamma]-ray spectrometry of the sample material showed no evidence of dis-equilibrium in the 238U or 232Th decay chains (the activities of 238U, 226Ra, and 210Pb in the uranium chain being 23.
This daughter isotope can decay into another radioisotope, or the daughter isotope, that will continue the radioactive decay chain or decay into a stable element that ends the chain.