[time-nuts] Rubidium is good for you

Corby Dawson cdelect at juno.com
Sat Apr 18 16:11:09 UTC 2009


Yes the rubidium 87 isotope is technically radioactive as it does decay
and have a half life.

However it takes special techniques to measure as the activity level is
so low.

A piece of granite probably has more radioactivity than the tiny amount
in a rubidium standard.

This link gives some more details as well as a maximum daily requirement,
mind the cautionary note!

http://www.agilent.com/metrology/hazardous.shtml

Also on Tom Van Baaks website are some PIX of Rb cells I took. I need to
add the tiny one from an LPRO is recently acquired it's about 1/4"
square!

http://www.leapsecond.com/pages/rb-cells/

Cheers!

Corby
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