nuclear recoil

nuclear recoil

[′nü·klē·ər ′rē‚kȯil]
(nuclear physics)
The imparting of motion to an atomic nucleus during its emission of particles in radioactive decay, or during its collision with another particle, according to the principle of conservation of momentum.
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Organic components labeled with U-238 radioactive decay products in Dictionema shales resulting from nuclear recoil processes // 5th Intern.

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