Geiger-Nuttall law

Geiger-Nut·​tall law
variants: or less commonly Geiger-Nuttall relation \ ¦⸗⸗¦nətˌȯl-​ \

Definition of Geiger-Nuttall law

: 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

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History and Etymology for Geiger-Nuttall law

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

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“Geiger-Nuttall law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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