Superheavy Elements: A Crossroads

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Science  23 Feb 1979:
Vol. 203, Issue 4382, pp. 711-717
DOI: 10.1126/science.203.4382.711


The failure to synthesize superheavy elements by using complete fusion reactions is most likely understandable in terms of the low survival probabilities of the superheavy precursors formed in these reactions or (in some cases) the failure to achieve complete fusion. Further attempts to synthesize these elements by using complete fusion or deep inelastic transfer reactions, or both, are discussed in light of these results.