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[/caption] It was just over a century ago that a little known French scientist named Henri Becquerel came across something new and immensely startling.
At the time, while working with phosphorescent materials (i.e.
materials that glow in the dark after being subjected to light), he discovered naturally occurring rays that he couldn’t account for.
In time, these rays were discovered to be present in several naturally occurring elements, and were dubbed radioactivity.
Those metals that exhibited them also came to be known as Radioactive Isotopes.
Radioisotopes, (also known as radioactive isotopes or radionuclides), are atoms with a different number of neutrons than a usual atom.
Due to this imbalance, these isotopes have an unstable nucleus that decays, and in the process emitting alpha, beta and gamma rays until the isotope reaches stability.
Once it’s stable, the isotope has transformed into another element entirely.