The significance of using the newcomb-benford law as a test of nuclear half-life calculations

János Farkas, György Gyürky

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Abstract

Half-life number sequences collected from nuclear data charts are found to obey the Newcomb-Benford law. Based on this fact, it has been suggested recently, that this law should be used to test the quality of nuclear decay models. In this paper we briefly recall how, when and why the Newcomb-Benford law can be observed in a set of numbers with a given probability distribution. We investigate the special case of nuclear halflives, and show that the law provides no additional clue in understanding decay half-lives. Thus, it can play no significant role in testing nuclear decay theories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1213-1221
Number of pages9
JournalActa Physica Polonica B
Volume41
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2 2010

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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