Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 253, Issue 2, pp 209–216

Indications for the existence of superheavy elements in radioactive halos

  • C. Schnier

DOI: 10.1023/A:1019633305770

Cite this article as:
Schnier, C. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry (2002) 253: 209. doi:10.1023/A:1019633305770


Many unexplained phenomena associated with the radioactive halos in very old minerals are described in the literature. In this paper these phenomena are enumerated. The new hypothesis that a primordial superheavy element (SHE) survived in the earth"s crust can help to solve the problems. According to this hypothesis, the SHE decays by spontaneous fission into fragments of very different mass. The heavy fragments, assumed to lie in the region of the natural decay series, exhibit many indications for a SHE. Additionally, the alpha decay of SHE may occur. Applying the methods of mass spectrometry and X-ray fluorescence can probably prove the existence of SHE.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers/Akadémiai Kiadó 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Schnier
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Küstenforschung, Physikalische und Chemische AnalytikGKSS Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbHGeesthachtGermany