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How was radioactivity first discovered? By whom?

Introductory Chemistry | 5th Edition | ISBN: 9780321910295 | Authors: Nivaldo Tro

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How was radioactivity first discovered? By whom?

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Radioactivity was first discovered by Antoine-Henri Becquerel, a french physicist.

Henri Becquerel was researching on the discovery of X-rays. He hypothesized that X-rays were emitted in conjunction with phosphorescence. Phosphorescence  is a type of photoluminescence related to fluorescence that re-emits the light it absorbs. To test this hypothesis, Becquerel placed crystals that were composed of potassium uranyl sulfate which is a compound known to phosphoresce that is placed on top of a photographic plate wrapped in black cloth. He then placed the wrapped plate and the crystals outside, to expose them to sunlight. Becquerel performed the experiment several times and always got the same result that the photographic plate showed a bright...

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Textbook: Introductory Chemistry
Edition: 5
Author: Nivaldo Tro
ISBN: 9780321910295

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