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Re: does radioactivity stop at the absolute zero of temperature?

Date: Mon Dec 28 02:46:30 1998
Posted By: Radu Grigore, Undergraduate, Electronics and Telecommunications, Politehnica University of Bucharest
Area of science: Physics
ID: 913057604.Ph

At absolute zero any kind of motion stops, including nuclear radioactivity. But absolute zero temperature never occurs in real world (not because of practical limitations). For example an isotropic oscillator can have no less than 3(hbar omega)/k degrees (Kelvin), where k is Boltzmann's constant.

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