Radioactive Properties

Radioactivity, as explained by Marie Curie:

“If a radioactive substance is placed in the dark in the vicinity of the closed eye or of the temple, a sensation of light fills the eye.”

“Crystals of barium chloride containing radium are colorless, but when the proportion of radium becomes greater, they have a yellow color after some hours, verging on orange, and sometimes a beautiful pink.”

“Certain bodies…become luminous when heated. Their luminosity disappears after some time, but the capacity of becoming luminous afresh through heat is restored to them by the action of a spark, and also by the action of radium.”

“The compounds of radium are spontaneously luminous. The chloride and bromide, freshly prepared and free from water, emit a light which resembles that of a glow worm. This light diminishes rapidly in the moist air…but…never completely disappears.”

“A glass vessel containing radium spontaneously charges itself with electricity. If the glass has a weak spot, for example, if it is scratched by a file, an electric spark is produced at that point, the vessel crumbles like a leiden jar when overcharged, and the electric shock or the rupture is felt by the fingers holding the glass.”


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