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Experiments on synthesis of the heaviest element at RIKEN

Morita, Kosuke*; Morimoto, Koji*; Kaji, Daiya*; Akiyama, Takahiro*; Goto, Shinichi*; Haba, Hiromitsu*; Ideguchi, Eiji*; Kanungo, R.*; Katori, Kenji*; Kikunaga, Hidetoshi*; Koura, Hiroyuki  ; Kudo, Hisaaki*; Onishi, Tetsuya*; Ozawa, Akira*; Sato, Nozomi*; Suda, Toshimi*; Sueki, Keisuke*; Tokanai, Fuyuki*; Xu, H.*; Yamaguchi, Takayuki*; Yoneda, Akira*; Yoshida, Atsushi*; Zhao, Y. L.*

A series of experiments studying the productions and their decays of the heaviest elements have been performed by using a gas-filled recoil separator GARIS at RIKEN. Results on the isotope of the 112th element, $$^{277}$$112, and on that of the 113th element, $$^{278}$$113, are reviewed. Two decay chains which are assigned to be ones originating from the isotope $$^{277}$$112 were observed in the $$^{208}$$Pb($$^{70}$$Zn, n) reaction. The results provide a confirmation of the production and decay of the isotope $$^{277}$$112 reported by a research group at GSI, Germany, produced via the same reaction by using a velocity filter. Two decay chains, both consisted of four consecutive alpha decays followed by a spontaneous fission, were observed also in the reaction $$^{209}$$Bi($$^{70}$$Zn, n). Those are assigned to be the convincing candidate events of the isotope of the 113th element, $$^{278}$$113, and its daughter nuclei. $$^{274}$$Rg, $$^{270}$$Mt, $$^{266}$$Bh, and $$^{262}$$Db.

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