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Thomas Tegge, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Public Affairs Contact: Anne Stark, LLNL
A calcium-48 ion is accelerated to a high velocity in a cyclotron and directed at an americium-243 target.
One of the numerous americium-243 target atoms with a nucleus of protons and neutrons surrounded by an electron cloud.
An accelerated calcium-48 ion and an americium-243 target atom just before they collide.
The moment of collision between an accelerated calcium-48 ion and an americium-243 target atom.
The residue of the collision creates the new 115 element that begins decaying with the emission of alpha particles into element 113.
The spontaneous fission decay eventually results in two separate atoms of previously known elements.