Among the members of a decay chain
, the state which prevails when the ratios between the activities
of successive members remain constant. (This is not an equilibrium in the strict
sense since radioactive decay
is an irreversible process).
PAC, 1994, 66, 2513
(Nomenclature for radioanalytical chemistry (IUPAC Recommendations 1994))
on page 2519
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