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1. (WO2019050779) EXCITATION TRANSFER IMPLEMENTATIONS FOR NON-EXPONENTIAL DECAY OF RADIOACTIVE SPECIES
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A method of excitation transfer to a radioactive source, the radioactive source having a natural radioactive decay rate, the method comprising:

energizing a stimulatory device coupled to a radioactive source, thereby exciting the radioactive source to decay at an enhanced rate that is higher than the natural radioactive decay rate.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein energizing a stimulatory device comprises electrically energizing an ultrasonic transducer.

3. The method of claim 2, wherein the ultrasonic transducer has a resonance at a frequency greater than about two megahertz.

4. The method of claim 2, wherein the radioactive source and the ultrasonic transducer are mounted on opposite sides of a support element.

5. The method of claim 4, wherein the support element comprises a planar plate.

6. The method of claim 5, wherein mounting blocks support and secure the planar plate along peripheral edges thereof.

7. The method of claim 5, wherein the radioactive source comprises a radioactive deposit on the planar plate.

8. The method of claim 7, wherein the radioactive deposit is covered by epoxy.

9. The method of claim 1, wherein the radioactive source comprises a beta emitter.

10. The method of claim 9, wherein the radioactive source comprises Co-57.

11. An excitation transfer apparatus comprising:

a support element;

a radioactive source mounted on the support element, the radioactive source having a natural radioactive decay rate;

a stimulatory device coupled to the support element; and

a driver operatively connected to the stimulatory device to energize the stimulatory

device,

wherein upon energization, the stimulatory device excites the radioactive source which thereby decays at an enhanced rate that is higher than the natural radioactive decay rate.

12. The excitation transfer apparatus of claim 11, wherein the stimulatory device comprises an ultrasonic transducer.

13. The excitation transfer apparatus of claim 11, wherein the ultrasonic transducer has a resonance at a frequency greater than about two megahertz.

14. The excitation transfer apparatus of claim 11, wherein the radioactive source comprises a beta emitter.

15. The excitation transfer apparatus of claim 14, wherein the radioactive source comprises Co-57.

16. The excitation transfer apparatus of claim 11, wherein the support element comprises a planar plate.

17. The excitation transfer apparatus of claim 16, wherein the planar plate has a planar first side upon which the radioactive source is mounted, and a planar second side opposite the first side, wherein the stimulatory device is coupled to the second side of the second side.

18. The excitation transfer apparatus of claim 17, wherein the planar plate is constructed of steel.

19. The excitation transfer apparatus of claim 11, further comprising mounting blocks that support and secure the support element along peripheral edges thereof.

20. The excitation transfer apparatus of claim 11, wherein the radioactive source comprises a radioactive deposit covered by epoxy.

21. A method, comprising:

providing a radioactive isotope on a substrate; and

applying vibrational energy to the substrate, the vibrational energy having at least one frequency and a power level, to increase a rate of radioactive decay of the radioactive isotope.

22. The method of claim 21, wherein the vibrational energy is applied using a piezoelectric transducer affixed to the substrate.

23. The method of embodiment 22, wherein the piezoelectric transducer is on an opposite side of the substrate from the radioactive isotope.

24. The method of claim 21, wherein the radioactive isotope comprises Co-57.

25. The method of claim 21, wherein the substrate comprises a steel plate.

26. The method of claim 21, wherein the at least one frequency is about 2.21 MHz.

27. The method of claim 21, wherein the vibrational energy has a power of about 20 W or greater.

The method of claim 21, wherein the radioactive isotope decays by a non-exponential decay due to the applied vibrational energy.

The method of embodiment 21, wherein the at least one frequency is about equal to a fundamental vibrational frequency of the substrate.