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Light, Atoms and Nuclei: The Optical Discovery of Deuterium

Charles W. Clark and Joseph Reader

Eighty years have passed since atomic spectroscopy was used to discover deuterium, or “heavy hydrogen.” The element has played a transformational role in the development of nuclear energy and isotope chemistry. Currently, it is helping astronomers to understand the very origins of our universe.

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Publish Date: 01 May 2012


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