Volume 93 Issue 25 | p. 33 | Concentrates
Issue Date: June 22, 2015

Tracking Nuclear Decay Atom-By-Atom

Nuclear Chemistry: Method for observing transmutation suggests approach to improving cancer therapy
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: radioactive, iodine, transmutation, cancer therapy

Waiting for a specific atom of a radioactive element to undergo nuclear transmutation could be futile because those events happen randomly. Yet a research team led by Tufts University chemist E. Charles H. Sykes has observed individual atoms of 125I transmuting to 125Te (Nat. Mater. 2015, DOI: 10.1038/nmat4323). The study deepens understanding of electron emission processes and may lead to . . .

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