New element

 
Published: Tuesday 31 January 1995

-- (Credit: Rustam Vania)A team of German physicists has discovered a new chemical element, atomic number 111, which is reported to have survived for less than 2,000th of a second.

The research team, led by Siguard Hofman of Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung at Darmstadt, Germany, created the new element by bombarding the metal bismuth with a beam of nickel atoms. Only 3 atoms of the element were released, which then quickly decayed into various lighter atoms by emitting radiation.

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