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Thomas Tegge, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Americium-243 Target Atom

A calcium-48 ion is accelerated to a high velocity in a cyclotron and directed at an americium-243 target.
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Americium-243 Target Atom

One of the numerous americium-243 target atoms with a nucleus of protons and neutrons surrounded by an electron cloud.
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Just Before Collision

An accelerated calcium-48 ion and an americium-243 target atom just before they collide.
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Moment of Collision

The moment of collision between an accelerated calcium-48 ion and an americium-243 target atom.
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New 115 Element

The residue of the collision creates the new 115 element that begins decaying with the emission of alpha particles into element 113.
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Fission Decay

The spontaneous fission decay eventually results in two separate atoms of previously known elements.
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