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A sequence of radioactive decay processes in which the decay of one element creates a new element that may itself be radioactive, and continuing until the sequence ends with stable, nonradioactive atoms.
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Included in these changes are: new code architecture; incorporation of numerical solvers for the calculation of radioactive decay chains
(including the in-growth of decay products during air transport and ground surface deposition); enhanced error messages; updated online help and a utility for migrating version 3 datasets, wind files and population files to version 4.
In the decay chains
, both a previously unknown alpha-decay pathway in Db-270 (dubnium - element 105) and the new isotope Lr-266 (lawrencium - element 103) were identified.
Comparing the two decay chains
, Hofmann says, will help researchers better understand the characteristics of superheavy elements.