Disintegration of Uranium by Neutrons: a New Type of Nuclear Reaction

@article{Meitner1939DisintegrationOU,
title={Disintegration of Uranium by Neutrons: a New Type of Nuclear Reaction},
author={L. Meitner and Otto Robert Frisch},
journal={Nature},
year={1939},
volume={143},
pages={239-240}
}
• Published 1 February 1939
• Physics
• Nature
ON bombarding uranium with neutrons, Fermi and collaborators1 found that at least four radioactive substances were produced, to two of which atomic numbers larger than 92 were ascribed. Further investigations2 demonstrated the existence of at least nine radioactive periods, six of which were assigned to elements beyond uranium, and nuclear isomerism had to be assumed in order to account for their chemical behaviour together with their genetic relations.
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