Helium Difluoride: Possible Preparative Techniques Based on Nuclear Transmutations

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Science  14 Feb 1964:
Vol. 143, Issue 3607, pp. 674
DOI: 10.1126/science.143.3607.674


It might be possible to prepare difluoride by beta decay of tritium, lithium-6 transmutation, or alpha-particle bombardment. In the first method, which may be the most feasible, tritiated potassium bifluoride could be used as a host lattice. The beta-decay recoil energy would not dislodge the daughter helium atom from the host site, thus helium difluoride could perhaps be formed in an ideally shaped lattice site.