Observation of Superheavy Nuclei Produced in the Reaction of 86Kr with 208Pb
Following a prediction by Smolan´czuk [Phys. Rev. C 59, 2634 (1999)], we searched for superheavy element formation in the bombardment of 208Pb with 449-MeV 86Kr ions. We have observed three decay chains, each consisting of an implanted heavy atom and six subsequent α decays, correlated in time and position. In these decay chains, a rapid (ms) sequence of high energy α particles ( Eα>=10 MeV) indicates the decay of a new high- Z element. The observed chains are consistent with the formation of 293118 and its decay by sequential α-particle emission to 289116, 285114, 281112, 277110, 273Hs ( Z = 108) and 269Sg ( Z = 106). The production cross section is 2.2+2.6-0.8 pb.
Physical Review Letters
- Pub Date:
- August 1999