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Californium

What the name means: Californium was named after the state of California in the USA where the Berkeley Laboratory is situated.

Californium

Californium atom

Californium atom

Californium is a radio active atom that was obtained by nuclear fusion techniques. It does not occur in nature.

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Who identified californium?: Stanley Gerald Thompson, Kenneth Street and their co-workers produced californium in 1950 by bombarding curium atoms with α (alpha) particles (helium nuclei).

 

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

 

About californium: Californium was first made in milligramme amounts in 1960. Some forms of the atom (isotopes) have a half life of a few hundred years.

 

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