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Extreme chemistry: experiments at the edge of the periodic table

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Nature 565, 552-555 (2019)


Updates & Corrections

  • Correction 28 February 2019: An earlier version of this feature erred in its explanation of why none of the currently identified isotopes for elements 109–111 are suitable for chemical studies. In fact, the problem is not the length of the half-lives, but that the isotopes are created in decay chains, not through collisions. Also, the Y-axis of the graph in ‘The superheavy realm’ was mislabelled.


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