Originally posted by RAY1990
reply to post by StargateSG7
I was honestly thinking you were talking to aliens, sorry your sarcasm was lost on my feeble mind.
Admittedly I also know little about nuclear physics, so what your telling me is that there is a island of stability associated with heavy elements and
when we start learning to explore this island properly we will find stable yet heavy isotopes?
So what uses could we have for elements like 115 or past 118?
Also just how far can you see the periodic table going in terms of super heavy elements whether made naturally or in a lab?
Expended periodic table
I have been reading this, fascinating stuff but isn't a lot of it just hypothetical?
Unfortunately, my humour is so dry, even 10 brewskis couldn't make my jokes wet!
So going on the next subject of Islands of Stability starting at E115 to E118 and others near 180
there really is almost no limit to artificially created elements in terms of atomic weight.
Those numbers I didn't just pull out of my head, there actually SHOULD be STABLE
superheavy elements that could be used as Meta-Materials which will mimic lower elements
in their base properties. Starting at the most unstable NATURAL element Francium-223, almost
everything else is relatively UNSTABLE with half lives less than Francium's 22 minutes or less
which is kind of useless for most everyday applications.
By Islands of stability beyond just Francium, I mean superheavy isotopes that have a stability that could
be described in terms of HOURS or more which could be good enough for SHORT-TERM
radiation or physical SHIELDING purposes such as in space probes that go really close
to the sun or deep into the gas clouds of Jupiter or Saturn. That's about the only use
I can think of for SuperHeavy Isotopes in the E115 to 118 and E180+ regions on the periodic table.
Such shielding could protect the electronics of such Sun or Jupiter probes for long enough
that decent readings (OR EVEN MULTI-SPECTRAL VIDEO!) could be taken and sent back
to Earth via powerful transmitters.
The problem is MAKING those initial stable superheavy isotopes using nuclear bombardment
using other heavy nucleii on an ad-hoc basis (i.e. on demand) so that the temporary shielding
offered by superheavy elements could be put to good use on space probes, specialized digging
machinery and other uses where sheer weight is required for protection or action on a
time-constrained basis as offered by the generally short half-life of even "stable" superheavy
Link to how to create heavy elements:
edit on 2013/8/28 by StargateSG7 because: sp