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16.02.2010 | Two Superstars of the Elements " GSI on YouTube

G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung

Prof. Poliakoff and video journalist Brady Haran

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Prof. Poliakoff and Prof. Sigurd Hofmann

 

"GSI is the perfect setting for the meeting between two superstars of the elements" sums up Prof. Martyn Poliakoff of The University of Nottingham, UK. The GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research is the home of the heaviest elements on earth - atoms so unstable that they exist only for a short time before decaying. And it was here that Prof. Martyn Poliakoff, one of the faces of the award winning video project "The Periodic Table of Videos" met Prof. Sigurd Hofmann, director of the research team at GSI Helmholtz Centre that discovered the atomic heavyweights.

GSI had invited Prof. Poliakoff and video journalist Brady Haran, after the website of the video project "The Periodic Table of Videos" already presented all elements discovered at GSI in form of short films. The tour through the GSI research facility brought Poliakoff and Haran also to the points at which atomic nuclei smash together at incredibly high speeds, and where through the process of nuclear fusion new elements might be formed.

Since the 1980s, experiments at the GSI accelerators have led to the discovery of six heavy chemical elements - Meitnerium, Hassium, Darmstadtium, Roentgenium, Bohrium and Copernicium (tentative name) - with atomic numbers 107 to 112.

The film about the GSI visit on YouTube:
Super Heavy Elements - Periodic Table of Videos in Darmstadt

The teaser about the GSI visit on YouTube:
Darmstadt Sneak Preview - Periodic Table of Videos


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Prof. Poliakoff and video journalist Brady Haran
Prof. Poliakoff and Prof. Sigurd Hofmann
Prof. Martyn Poliakoff of The University of Nottingham/UK and video journalist Brady Haran
Prof. Martyn Poliakoff of The University of Nottingham/UK met Prof. Sigurd Hofmann, director of the research team at GSI Helmholtz Centre that discovered the atomic heavyweights
G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung