The transuranic elements and the island of stability

  title={The transuranic elements and the island of stability},
  author={Kit Chapman},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A},
  • Kit Chapman
  • Published 2020
  • Medicine, Environmental Science
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A
Since the 1930s the synthesis of nuclides too unstable to exist naturally on Earth has stretched the periodic table to 118 elements. While the lighter transuranic elements have found uses, the isotopes of those past lawrencium, the superheavy elements, are too unstable to exist outside the laboratory. In the 1970s, leading element discoverers Glenn Seaborg at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and Georgy Flerov, at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, USSR, took interest… Expand
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