New periodic table element discovered

This video is called Element 117 part 1.

And this video is part 2.

From Wired Science:

Russian Physicists Synthesize New Superheavy Element 117

* By Alexandra Witze, Science News
* April 6, 2010 |
* 1:36 pm

Physicists have reported synthesizing element number 117, the latest in the quest to create artificial “superheavy” elements in the laboratory. A paper describing the discovery has been accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters.

A team led by Yuri Oganessian of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, reports smashing together calcium-48 — an isotope with 20 protons and 28 neutrons — with berkelium-249, which has 97 protons and 152 neutrons. The collision spit out neutrons to create two isotopes of an element with 117 protons, one with 176 neutrons and the other with 177.

“These are very, very interesting results,” says Witold Nazarewicz, a theorist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. “This was carefully planned, and it would have been very difficult to synthesize this element without the berkelium target.”

The new element, which has yet to be named, slips into a place on the periodic table between elements 116 and 118, both of which have already been discovered. Such superheavy elements are usually very radioactive and decay away almost instantly. But many researchers think it is possible that even heavier elements may occupy an “island of stability” in which superheavy atoms stick around for a while.

The new work supports that view. Analyses of the radioactive decay of the new element, Oganessian’s team writes in the new paper, “represent an experimental verification for the existence of the predicted ‘Island of Stability’ for super-heavy elements.”

The CERN experiment ACACUSA has weighed antiprotons to an unprecedented level of accuracy. The results, published in Nature, do not reveal a significant difference in mass between the antiproton and its proton counterpart: here.

The Elements Revealed: An Interactive Periodic Table: here.

THERE ARE FOUR NEW ELEMENTS ON THE PERIODIC TABLE The seventh row is finally complete! [Lee Moran, HuffPost]

3 thoughts on “New periodic table element discovered

  1. Double addition to periodic chart

    Chemistry: Two new elements have been added to the periodic table, an international committee of chemists and physicists announced today.

    For now the new discoveries are named elements 114 and 116. Permanent names and symbols will be decided later.

    Atoms of 114 disintegrate after a few seconds while atoms of 116 are even shorter-lived. Boffins created the elements by “smashing atoms of other elements together to make new ones.”

    Chemist Ken Moody would not explain why, however. “It’s kind of fun,” he said.


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