New elements – Alchemy with the accelerator

Published on September 25, 2013

Six new chemical elements were produced at GSI. Sigurd Hofmann is one of the discoverers and shows how sophisticated you have to be to create a new element. His ingredients: fast ions from a particle accelerator, a target and a very accurate measuring instrument.

Sigurd Hofmann | GSI Darmstadt, Germany

Professor Sigurd Hofmann studied physics and received his doctorate from the Technical University Darmstadt. At the GSI, he was a senior scientist in the discovery of the chemical elements Darmstadtium, Roentgenium and Copernicium. He received honorary degrees from the universities of Frankfurt and Bratislava, and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna. His areas of specialization are nuclear spectroscopy and heavy ion reactions.

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