Geiger-Nuttall law

noun

Geiger-Nut·​tall law
variants or less commonly Geiger-Nuttall relation
¦⸗⸗¦nətˌȯl-
: a statement in nuclear physics: for an alpha-emitting radioactive substance the logarithm of the decay constant and the logarithm of the range in air of the emitted alpha rays are in linear relation to each other

Word History

Etymology

after H. Geiger and John M. Nuttall †1958 British physicist

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“Geiger-Nuttall law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Geiger-Nuttall%20law. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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