Japanese lab lays claim to element 113

Japanese lab lays claim to element 113

Chemical catfight looms over naming rights

By Rachel Ehrenberg, 16:17 PM September 27, 2012

Bombarding a bismuth target with a blisteringly fast stream of zinc ions has yielded strong evidence for element 113, a Japanese team reports online September 27 in the Journal of the Physical Society of Japan. The report is the second claim on element 113 by the Japanese team and will eventually be evaluated along with competing claims by a Russian-U.S. team. 

Researchers first caught a glimpse of the element in 2003 (SN: 2/07/2004, p. 84), when a Russian-U.S. team witnessed 113 in the af...

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