Hyde, Earl K. Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, California.
Wilkening, M. Formerly, Department of Physics, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, New Mexico.
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A chemical element, symbol Rn, atomic number 86. Radon is produced as a gaseous emanation from the radioactive decay of radium. The element is highly radioactive and decays by the emission of energetic alpha particles. Radon is the heaviest of the noble, or inert, gas group and thus is characterized by chemical inertness. All isotopes are radioactive with short half-lives.
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