Sunday, 18 December 2016

Hamish, dob 17/12/2016 <3

I'd like to present the results of a recent fusion-fission reaction.  One event was detected, on Saturday morning, with the final product observed to have a mass of 2.45 × 1030 MeV/c2. As a working name, we have have assigned Hamish, though obviously it needs to be ratified by the appropriate authority, via the Guildford Register Office.

The initial reaction products are remarkably more or less as they were before the reaction, though some evidence of decay seems to have taken place.  The results of previous successful experiments (codenamed Flora and Alba) are both delighted about this new emanation. 

Friday, 2 December 2016

More new isotopes

I posted not so very long ago about the announcement of the discovery of a hitherto unobserved isotope of lead.  The same laboratory has now had the announcement published about the observation of two further new isotopes; 240Es (Einsteinium, element number 99) and 236Bk (Berkelium, element number 97)

Congratulations to the team, drawn from the home institution of the laboratory, Jyväskylä University, as well as from collaborating institutions around the world.

If you want to read the research paper, it is published as an open access paper (i.e. anyone can read it without a subscription to the journal) here.  The publication date of the journal issue in which the paper features is in 2017, strangely.