Isotope ranking:

World Record in discovering new atomic nuclei

The GSI-Fragment Separator will see it's successor machine in FAIR's Super-Fragmentseparator. (Photo: Achim Zschau for GSI)

GSI-researcher Gottfried Münzenberg, professor at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, holds the world record with the discovery of 218 nuclear isotopes followed by GSI-researcher Hans Geissel, professor at Justus Liebig University Giessen, with a second place ranking of 210 isotopes. These results were recently published in the "Nature" magazine. Presumably, the world record will be surpassed when the new accelerator facility FAIR starts operating in 2018. FAIR will be able to produce numerous new, short-lived and extremely rare isotopes. Studying these isotopes will help to understand, for example, how elements evolved in stars. Further information

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