|isotope mass||8.00530510(4) u|
|decay mode||decay energy (mev)|
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beryllium-8 (8be, be-8) is a radionuclide with 4 neutrons and 4 protons. it is an unbound resonance and nominally an isotope of beryllium. it decays into two alpha particles with a half-life on the order of 10−16 seconds; this has important ramifications in stellar nucleosynthesis as it creates a bottleneck in the creation of heavier chemical elements. the properties of 8be have also led to speculation on the fine tuning of the universe, and theoretical investigations on cosmological evolution had 8be been stable.