Japanese scientists discover new chemical element
Japanese scientists discovered new chemical element with extremely short lifespan.
According to RIA “Novosti” with reference to “Asahi”, for the time being, researchers managed to extract only several atomic nuclei including a proton #113. However, in the event of result confirmation, the element could then be entitled officially.
Up until now, there have been 110 names of chemical elements. This is the first time however that Japan is entitled to come up with the original name for the element.
Rickenium” and “Japonium” are among the possible names.
A team of researchers from Saitama University headed by Kotze Morita have made this revolutionary discovery.
For 80 days they’ve been clashing together Zinc nuclei (proton 30) and Bismuth (proton 83). As a result, a new chemical was born on July 23, 2004. Its lifespan is extremely short: mere 0,0003 seconds. It constantly produces alpha particles and divides into much lighter nuclei.
In February of 2004, Russian scientists have reported a similar discovery, writes the newspaper. However, their experiments failed to provide constructive evidences.
Up until recently, research works involving nuclei mergers have been conducted only by Russia, Germany and the US.
In case the independent scientific committee approves the results acquired by the Morita’s team, the name “Japonium” will be the most appropriate, considers “Asahi”.