# What is the nuclear product of radioactive decay called?

Jan 6, 2016

The products of radioactive decay are called daughter products.

#### Explanation:

Uranium-238 undergoes α-decay.

$\text{_92^238"U" → _90^234"Th" +color(white)(l) _2^4"He}$

The thorium-234 in turn undergoes β-decay.

$\text{_90^234"Th" → _91^234"Pa" +color(white)(l) _(-1)^0"e}$

The nuclei that result from radioactive decay may themselves be radioactive.

Protactinium is also radioactive and continues a long radioactive decay chain that ends with the stable nuclide lead-206.