Formation of Superheavy Elements in Nature

  title={Formation of Superheavy Elements in Nature},
  author={I. V. Panov},
  journal={Physics of Atomic Nuclei},
  • I. Panov
  • Published 3 April 2018
  • Physics
  • Physics of Atomic Nuclei
It is shown that superheavy elements may also be formed in the main r process responsible for the formation of the heaviest elements observed in nature. Under conditions of a high neutron density, the nucleosynthesis region lies close to the neutron drip line, so that the r process may circumvent the region where nuclei undergo spontaneous fissions and therefore have short lifetimes. However, a high induced-fission rate, which increases with the charge number, may prevent the nucleosynthesis… 
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