New element for Periodic Table

ysabel

/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
#1
Periodic table gets a new element with new number but it doesn't have a name yet. I wonder which name it'll have. Whatever it is, I hope they don't mess up with the spelling and confuse us again the way they did with aluminium/aluminum. :lol:

The ubiquitous periodic table will soon have a new addition - the "super-heavy" element 112.


More than a decade after experiments first produced a single atom of the element, a team of German scientists has been credited with its discovery.
The team, led by Sigurd Hofmann at the Centre for Heavy Ion Research, must propose a name for their find, before it can be formally added to the table.

Scientists continue the race to discover more super-heavy elements.
Professor Hofmann began his quest to add to the periodic table in 1976.
The fusion experiments he and his colleagues carried out at the centre have already revealed the existence of elements with atomic numbers 107-111.

These are known as "super-heavy elements" - their numbers represent the number of protons which, together with neutrons, give the atom the vast majority of its mass.
To create element 112, Professor Hofmann's team used a 120m-long particle accelerator to fire a beam of charged zinc atoms (or zinc ions) at lead atoms. Nuclei of the two elements merged, or fused, to form the nucleus of the new element.



These very large and heavy nuclei are also very unstable. They begin to fall apart or "decay" very soon after being formed - within a few milliseconds, in this case.

This releases energy, which scientists can measure to find out the size of the decaying nucleus.

But such experiments produce very few successful fusions, and scientists need increasingly powerful accelerators to run experiments for longer and find the elusive, unstable elements.

This is why it took such a long time for element 112 to be officially recognised by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).


IUPAC temporarily named the element ununbium, as "ununbi" is derived from the figures "one one two" in Latin; but Professor Hofmann's team now has the task of proposing its official name.

He is currently keeping the shortlist under wraps.
Full Story here: BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Periodic table gets a new element
 

ysabel

/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
#3
Maybe it'll be largasium?
What about obesium? It sounds less...sexual. :cute:

Right now it's ununbium...at least it's on the right -ium track. :D

The professor has been working on this for more than 30 years, you'd think he'd have found a name already in the process.
 

Hiei

The Hierophant
#6
I think it should be called Colbertium, pronounced "Cole-barium".

It would be hilarious. :lol:


No kidding. I'm surprised he hasn't already petitioned to have this done. It'd really solidify his place in history! :lol:
 

ExpectantlyIronic

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#7
On my periodic table I've blacked out every element without the common courtesy to stick around for at least a good minute to say hello, prior to decaying. Or, at least, that's what I would do if I had a periodic table and knew which elements those were.