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Phys Rev Lett. 2000 Sep 25;85(13):2697-700.

Evidence for new isotopes of element 107: 266Bh and 267Bh

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Nuclear Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 and Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720-1460, USA.


New neutron rich isotopes 267107Bh and 266107Bh were produced in bombardments of a 249Bk target with 117-MeV and 123-MeV 22Ne ions at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 88-Inch Cyclotron. Identification was made by observation of correlated alpha-particle decays between the Bh isotopes and their Db and Lr daughters using a rotating wheel system. 267Bh was produced with a cross section of approximately 70 pb and decays with a 17(+14)(-6) s half life by emission of alpha particles with an average energy of 8.83+/-0.03 MeV. One atom of 266Bh was observed, decaying within 1 s by emission of a 9.29-MeV alpha particle.

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