The Hunt for the New Element 120
In two experiments at GSI scientists are searching for the so far unknown element 120. They hope to gain more information about the so called "island of stability", an area of particularly stable superheavy elements. The island is believed to be between elements 114 and 116. The creation of element 120 could bring clarity about its location and size. Also with element 120 an element of a new period in the periodic table of the elements would be generated for the first time. Two different approaches are pursued. One group tried to accelerate chromium ions onto a thin foil plated with curium. The other group shot titanium ions onto californium. With excitement we keep track wether the proof of element 120 can be obtained. The American magazine "Science" recently published an overview about the topic.