In addition to serving as the core of Texas A&M's nuclear science program and as a major technical and educational resource for Texas and the nation, the Cyclotron Institute this week is hosting the world's premier gathering of international leaders in super heavy element research.


Many of the world's leaders in super heavy element research are visiting the Texas A&M University campus this week for the 2015 International Symposium on Super Heavy Nuclei, hosted by the Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute.

The workshop, which began Tuesday (Mar. 31) and runs through Thursday (Apr. 2), is being coordinated by Dr. Yuri Oganessian, a 2014-15 Texas A&M Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS) Fellow and an international expert in the discovery of new elements and isotopes through nuclear collisions. Oganessian, professor and scientific director of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research at the Dubna, Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions in Russia and co-discoverer of the heaviest elements in the periodic table, arrived on campus last September and is working with faculty and students in the Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute as well as the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The symposium's scientific program is structured around a series format featuring brief talks lasting anywhere from 15-to-30 minutes and allowing for additional 5-minute oral contributions within the discussions. The event also showcases traditional poster presentations. The goal is to encourage informal meetings and spontaneous conversations that will inspire future research prospects and possible collaborations.

Dr. Sherry J. Yennello, Regents Professor of Chemistry and Cyclotron Institute director, notes that in the past 40 years, 12 new elements have been synthesized and more than a hundred new nuclides have been produced. However, she says nuclear scientists have not yet reached the limits of nuclear matter, despite advancing by 40 atomic mass units in their search and obtaining new knowledge regarding the properties of the heaviest nuclei and, in many cases, confirming the theoretical predictions.

"New powerful accelerators, neutron-rich actinide targets and radioactive isotope beams, together with high-efficiency experimental facilities, will give us a unique opportunity to make significant progress in exploring the nature and properties of the heavy and super heavy nuclei at the borders of nuclear masses," Yennello said.

Oganessian has twice been named winner of the State Prize, the highest national award by the President of Russia, in addition to other prestigious international competitions. He is regarded as the world leader in the search for and discovery of new elements after having discovered the heaviest elements with atomic numbers as well as nuclear reactions leading to synthesis of elements.

For additional information about the symposium, go to http://cyclotron.tamu.edu/she2015/.

To learn more about the Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute, visit http://cyclotron.tamu.edu.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Sherry J. Yennello, (979) 845-1411 or yennello@comp.tamu.edu

Hutchins Shana

  • Yuri Oganessian

  • Sherry J. Yennello

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