It is not often that a scientist can clearly say to a non-specialist what he/she is working on. Thanks to Pr Martyn Poliakoff from the University of Nottingham (UK) and Brady Haran, it is now possible for me. They released a quite simple explanation of the recent efforts to produce new super heavy elements.
It consists in three short videos on YouTube:
- the first one is a visit of the GSI facility where elements from Z=107 to Z=112 were synthesised for the first time, introducing the method used ;
- the second video is a comment on the attempt to produce new element Z=120 at GSI. I am currently analysing the transfer products (so-called background) of this experiment ;