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.
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:
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.
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 ;
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