technetium stars

technetium stars

(tek-nee -shee-ŭm) A class of asymptotic giants (usually S stars or carbon stars) that show absorption lines of technetium in their spectra. Because technetium (99Tc) is an unstable radioactive element decaying with a half-life of 2.1 × 105 years, it must have been produced in the burning shell of the star in which it is observed. See also radioactive decay.
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