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Selenium-79



Long-lived
fission products
t½(my)Yield%KeVβ
99Tc.2116.0507294
126Sn.230.02364050γ
79Se.295.0508151
93Zr1.536.295691γ
135Cs2.3 6.3333269
107Pd6.5 .162933
129I15.7 .6576194γ

79Se is a radioisotope of selenium present in spent nuclear fuel and the wastes resulting from reprocessing this fuel. It is one of only 7 long-lived fission products. Its yield is low (about 0.04%) as it it is near the lower end of the mass range for fission products. Its halflife has been variously reported as 650,000 years, 65,000 years, 1.13 million years, 480,000 years, and most recently, 295,000 years[1].

Additional recommended knowledge

Se-79 decays by emitting a beta particle with no attendant gamma radiation. The low specific activity and relatively low energy of its beta particle limits the radioactive hazards of this isotope.

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