Astrophysics (index)

Deuterium

(D)
(hydrogen isotope with one neutron)

Deuterium is a Hydrogen (H) isotope with a nucleus of a proton and neutron rather than the more common isotope with just a proton as the nucleus. A water molecule including a deuterium atom is called Heavy Water, and purified heavy water is indeed about 10% heavier than typical water.

The effect of the additional neutron on chemistry is very slight: generally just slight changes in the speed of the reaction or the equilibrium between two compounds, but the differences can be used in observation to discover Abundances, e.g., to study Hydrology.


(hydrogen,isotope,physics)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deuterium,Heavy Water

Referenced by:
Binding Energy
Methane (CH4)
Fractionation Factor

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