cluster radioactivity

cluster radioactivity

[′kləs·tər ′rād·ē·ō ak‚tiv·əd·ē]
(nuclear physics)
A process in which a nucleus emits a fragment that is heavier than an alpha particle but lighter than a fission fragment, such as carbon-14 or neon-24.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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