This is a list of the radioactive elements of the periodic table. While all elements have some radioactive isotopes, these 37 elements have no stable isotopes. These elements are considered the “radioactive elements”.

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### Table of Radioactive Elements

This is a list of the radioactive elements and their most stable isotopes. While many of these elements have half-lives so long they almost appear stable, the heavier elements decay almost instantly.

Element | Most StableIsotope | Half-life of MostStable Isotope |

Technetium | Tc-91 | 4.21 x 10^{6} years |

Promethium | Pm-145 | 17.4 years |

Polonium | Po-209 | 102 years |

Astatine | At-210 | 8.1 hours |

Radon | Rn-222 | 3.82 days |

Francium | Fr-223 | 22 minutes |

Radium | Ra-226 | 1600 years |

Actinium | Ac-227 | 21.77 years |

Thorium | Th-229 | 7.54 x 10^{4} years |

Protactinium | Pa-231 | 3.28 x 10^{4} years |

Uranium | U-236 | 2.34 x 10^{7} years |

Neptunium | Np-237 | 2.14 x 10^{6} years |

Plutonium | Pu-244 | 8.00 x 10^{7} years |

Americium | Am-243 | 7370 years |

Curium | Cm-247 | 1.56 x 10^{7} years |

Berkelium | Bk-247 | 1380 years |

Californium | Cf-251 | 898 years |

Einsteinium | Es-252 | 471.7 days |

Fermium | Fm-257 | 100.5 days |

Mendelevium | Md-258 | 51.5 days |

Nobelium | No-259 | 58 minutes |

Lawrencium | Lr-262 | 4 hours |

Rutherfordium | Rf-265 | 13 hours |

Dubnium | Db-268 | 32 hours |

Seaborgium | Sg-271 | 2.4 minutes |

Bohrium | Bh-267 | 17 seconds |

Hassium | Hs-269 | 9.7 seconds |

Meitnerium | Mt-276 | 0.72 seconds |

Darmstadtium | Ds-281 | 11.1 seconds |

Roentgenium | Rg-281 | 26 seconds |

Copernicium | Cn-285 | 29 seconds |

Nihonium | Nh-284 | 0.48 seconds |

Flerovium | Fl-289 | 2.65 seconds |

Moscovium | Mc-289 | 87 milliseconds |

Livermorium | Lv-293 | 61 milliseconds |

Tennessine | Unknown | Unknown |

Oganesson | Og-294 | 1.8 milliseconds |

Good question! The short answer is the mass of the proton and neutron is not exactly the same, so there is no number of each that produces a stable nucleus. I’ll write up the full explanation in an article.