After a couple of years of hibernation, it was time to refresh and rearrange a bit this website. The general structure has been lightened and the design has slightly changed. The main change is the addition of a French version of it.
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Element 117 in the Top Ten Physics News Stories in 2014
APS News (one of the publication of the American Physical Society) has made the recent confirmation of the Element 117 and the concomittant discovery of a new isotope of Lawrencium (266Lr) one of its Top Ten Physics News Stories in 2014.
For more details about the Element 117, you could read this former post:
A video on the recently confirmed Element 117
Once again, thanks to Pr Martyn Poliakoff from the University of Nottingham (UK) and Brady Haran, some accessible information about the new super-heavy element 117 is available:
For more detailed information and to read the paper published on the confirmation of the existence of the new element 117, you could check one of my former post.
Super heavy elements explained on video
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 ;
- the last video deals with the confirmation by my colleagues of Lund University of the existence of the element Z=115 (still at GSI). I am one (among many) of the co-authors of the article.
New position in Germany
Since September the 3rd, I work as a Research Associate in the Super Heavy Element Chemistry group (SHE Chemie) at GSI (Darmstadt, Germany), funded by the Helmholtz-Institut Mainz and Institut für Kernchemie of Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.
Four years of work in a nutshell
For the 2012 edition of the annual IOP Nuclear Physics Conference (Brighton, April 2012), I made a poster about my Ph.D. work at GANIL and the 9 months I spent at LPC Caen as a postdoc. This contribution was award-winning (best poster).
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