curium-242

curium-242

[′kyu̇r·ē·əm ¦tü¦fȯrd·ē¦tü]
(nuclear physics)
An isotope of curium, mass number 242; half-life is 165.5 days for α-particle emission; 7.2 × 106 years for spontaneous fission.
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The data at hand match estimated levels of xenon produced by sporadic fission of curium-242 and curium-244 inside melted fuel, it said.