Tritium is readily produced in nuclear reactors and is used in the production of the hydrogen (fusion) bomb. It is also used (along with deuterium) in experimental nuclear fusion reactors and as a radioactive agent in making luminous paints, and as a tracer.
Tritium was named by Urey and Murphy in 1933, a year prior to its discovery. Since about 1942 the tritium nucleus has been called the triton.
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