A radioisotope of hydrogen with two neutrons and one proton in its nucleus. It is radioactive to beta decay with a half life of 12.3 years. In a nuclear fusion device, lithium is important as a source of tritium and serves as a booster for the fusion reaction in the secondary component of a nuclear weapon.

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Mass number 3 Clip
Atomic / Molecular Weight 3.016049 gmol-1Clip
Half Life 387892800 sClip
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See also: Deuterium, Hydrogen, Lithium, Triton.

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Subjects: Chemistry