That merger made element 116
, which decayed almost immediately into element 114 and then into lighter elements.
The element then decayed to element 116
, then to element 114, and finally to element 112 before splitting in two, says Lawrence Livermore team member Dawn A.
Worse, a reanalysis of the original data showed no evidence of either element 118 or its decay product, element 116
At that time, the group concluded that each fleeting atom of element 118 rapidly decayed into other elements, including never-before-seen element 116
Peter Arumbruster of the Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI) in Darmstadt, West Germany, and 39 others have tried and failed to make element 116
by bombarding cesium 248 with calcium 48, they report in the Feb.