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Martz Dowell E.; Langner, G. Harold Jr.; Johnson, Philip R.
Health Physics: October 1991
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New measurements on chemically separated samples of 214Bi have yielded a mean half-life value of 19.71 ± 0.02 min, where the error quoted is twice the standard deviation of the mean based on 23 decay runs. This result provides strong support for the historic 19.72 ± 0.04 min half life value and essentially excludes the 19.9-min value, both reported in previous studies. New measurements of the decay rate of 222Rn progeny activity initially in radioactive equilibrium have yielded a value of 26.89 ± 0.03 min for the half-life of 214Pb, where the error quoted is twice the standard deviation of the mean based on 12 decay runs. This value is 0.1 min longer than the currently accepted 214Pb half-value of 26.8 min.

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