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Curium

What the name means: Curium was named after the chemists and Nobel Laureates, Pierre and Marie Curie who were pioneers in investigating radio-active elements in the actinide series - actinium (element # 89) to lawrencium (element # 103).

Curium

Curium atom

Curium atom

Curium is a radio active atom that was obtained by nuclear fusion techniques.

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Who identified curium?: Glenn Theodore Seaborg, Ralph Arthur James and their co-workers, working on the Manhattan Project in a Chicago Laboratory, produced curium in 1947 by bombarding plutonium atoms with neutrons. It was isolated in the same year by Isadore Perlman and Louis Werner working at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories.

 

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STP = standard temperature and pressure.
Usually considered as room temperature and pressure.

 

About curium: Curium occurs in very small amounts in uranium deposits in the Earth's crust. It has been produced in significant amounts. Curium is a radio-active, silvery metal.

 

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