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It is claimed that recent experimental results involving the bomabardment of americium-243 with calcium-48 ions are consistent with the formation in the laboratory of a few atoms of elements 113 and 115. In experiments conducted at the JINR U400 cyclotron with the Dubna gas-filled separator between July 14 and Aug. 10, 2003, atomic decay patterns were observed that are said to confirm the existence of element 115 and element 113. In these decay chains, element 113 is produced via the alpha decay of element 115.1
The news has been picked up in a number of online sources including Nature2 and elsewhere.
- 1. Experiments on the synthesis of element 115 in the reaction 243Am(48Ca,xn)291−x115,
, Physical Review C, 2/2004, Volume 69, Issue 2, (2004)
- 2. Modern alchemists make two new elements,
, Nature, 2/2004, (2004)