Researchers from Kyoto University have recently unveiled a new periodic table. The ‘nuclear‘ periodic model showcases the elements arranged by the order of their nucleonic shells. The new nuclear table showcases the arrangement in the order of nuclei in the vicinity of the magic numbers. However, this makes it easier to remember by the use of shell closure and one or two additional nucleons.
The magic numbers are actually a representation of nuclear deformation. But this is different from the traditional table which focuses on the behavior of electrons in an atom. The new table considers the protons in the nucleus. Yoshiteru Maeno, the co-developer of the nuclear table says that the periodic table is one of the most important contributions in the field of science. But the traditional form only focusses on electrons. More focus needs to be there on the protons in the core.
'A certain elemental magic'
Physicists have developed a 'Nuclear Periodic Table' based on the protons in the atom's nucleus, organized based on the 'magic number' of protons that makes the nuclei stablehttps://t.co/CESl4hhq6K#kyotouniversity #physics #chemistry #research pic.twitter.com/3faPWzZeWb
— Kyoto University (@KyotoU_News) June 1, 2020
Nuclear Periodic Table: Protons and Nucleus
In the end, it basically comes down to the arrangement of the electrons inside the atoms. Atoms normally stay stable when electrons fill their ‘shell’ of orbits around their nucleus.
The new research paper explains the entire table. The most stable electron numbers are mainly 2, 10, 18, 36, and so on and so forth. These numbers can become the ‘magic numbers‘ and the same theory applies in the case of protons.
For protons, the magic numbers are 2, 8, 20, 28, and so on. There are a few familiar elements here namely, oxygen, helium, and calcium. The new ‘Nucleotouch table‘ that they call it has these ‘magic nuclei‘ at its center. This table is created to show the purpose of all elements present inside the atom. It shows alternative ways to illustrate the laws of nature and hopes academics can find the right use for the new table.
One thing’s for sure, the new table is very easy to memorize. Let us know what you think about this in the comments below!
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