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Superheavy Elements

  • Michael Thoennessen
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Abstract

The primary interest in the study of superheavy elements is the quest for the island of stability and the discovery of new elements. The present chapter describes the three major techniques (recoil collection in helium gas, cold fusion and hot fusion reactions) to produce new isotopes of the heaviest elements from nobelium (\(\mathrm{Z} = 102\)) up to \(\mathrm{Z} = 118\). Elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 were only accepted as new elements by the IUPAC-IUPAP Joint Working Party at the end of 2015.

Keywords

Fusion Reaction Compound Nucleus Decay Chain Spontaneous Fission Superheavy Element 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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