Super heavy

Researchers at the University of Granada have formed part of a team searching for the location of the so-called Island of Stability of superheavy elements. Superheavy elements are postulated to lie beyond the shores of the known Periodic Table in a region where atomic masses are much higher than even the heaviest known heavy metals but physical factors conspire to make these superheavy elements more stable than known synthetic radioactive metals that exist only fleetingly in nuclear reactors and colliders. Along with colleagues in Germany and Russia, the team is searching for elements with atomic number above 103, that of lawrencium, using a quantum sensor developed at Granada. The research will search for elements that have a magic layer of protons or neutrons in the atomic nuclei thought to stabilize the hypothetical superheavy elements.