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photodisintegration

(breakdown of a nucleus by a gamma ray)

Photodisintegration is a nuclear process triggered by a photon: a gamma ray entering a nucleus and exciting it sufficiently that it emits a subatomic particle, generally the same types as those emitted in radioactive decay. The term photofission is used if the nucleus splits into two nuclei of more-equal mass.


(atoms,metals,nucleosynthesis)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photodisintegration
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photofission

Referenced by pages:
nucleosynthesis

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