Exponential decay

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Exponential decay is the decay of a physical property whose value goes as

A = A_0 e^{-(t-t_0)/\tau}

where A0 is the value at time t0 and τ expresses the rate of exponential decay. The quantity reaches one-half of its original value after a time interval equal to τ ln 2, which is called its half-life.


Examples of exponential decay include the radioactive decay of radioisotopes, the attenuation of sound or light through an absorber, and the decay of the magnetic fields of the planets.[1]

See also


  1. The Creation of Planetary Magnetic Fields, by Russell Humphreys, Creation Research Society Quarterly, December 1984
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