Meaning of CURIE in English


The basic unit used to describe the intensity of radioactivity in a sample of material. The curie is equal to 37 billion (3.7 x 10 10 ) disintegrations per second, which is approximately the activity of 1 gram of radium. A curie is also a quantity of any radionuclide that decays at a rate of 37 billion disintegrations per second. It is named for Marie and Pierre Curie, who discovered radium in 1898.

NRC Nuclear Energy English Glossary.      Английский глоссарий ядерной энергии NRC (Национальный научно исследовательский совет).