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An isotope is an atom which is related to an element by the number of protons in the nucleus and differs by the number of neutrons Thus they vary in physical properties but all have very similar chemical properties and electronic structure The relative atomic mass of an element is configured using isotopes It is the average atomic mass of all the elements isotopes Therefore if one isotope among all the others has an atomic mass which is not similar to the other isotopes it could create a great change in the atomic mass of an element Every element which has been founded has various numbers of isotopes which all differ and can be used for different purposes There are approximately 2800 isotopes which have been discovered with 300 of those occurring naturally These isotopes purposes can range from affecting our society economically politically culturally environmentally socially and ethically Xenon is an element with an atomic number of 54 which has 29 isotopes of which one of them is called Xenon-135 This is a radioactive artificial isotope with a half-life of 91 hours 33000 seconds a half-life is the amount of time it takes half of the nuclei in the isotope to decay The term artificial isotope means that the isotope is man-made and does not have a natural abundance By the term radioactive isotope it means that the isotope either has to many or too little neutrons which creates instability and it spits out radiation in the form of electro magnetic waves or particles Thus when an isotope is radioactive and artificial it means that it is a man-made unstable variation of an element Xenon-135 affects our society minimally in most areas but importantly in others For example the study of this isotope along with xenon-133 has enabled scientists to come up with new methods of detecting radioactivity Radionuclides are a smoking gun They are positive confirmation of recent nuclear fission If
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