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(hydrogen isotope with one neutron)

Deuterium is a hydrogen isotope with a nucleus of a proton and neutron rather than the more common isotope with just a proton as the nucleus. A water molecule including a deuterium atom is called heavy water, and purified heavy water is indeed about 10% heavier than typical water.

The effect of the additional neutron on chemistry is very slight: generally just slight changes in the speed of the reaction or the equilibrium between two compounds, but the differences can be used in observation to discover abundances, e.g., to study hydrology.

Deuterium is often abbreviated D, which is sometimes used as a variable designating a quantity related to deuterium, such as the mass fraction of something. For example, Dp has been used to indicate the mass fraction of deuterium produced by the Big Bang nucleosynthesis.


Referenced by:
Big Bang nucleosynthesis (BBN)
binding energy
brown dwarf (BD)
methane (CH4)
deuterium burning
fractionation factor
Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE)
H-alpha (Ha)
hydrogen burning
21cm line