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SHIP atomic fusion chamber used for creating new chemical elements at the Society for Heavy Ion Research (GSI) at Darmstadt, Germany. SHIP (Separ- ator for Heavy Ion Reaction Products) collides a beam of fast heavy ions from the UNILAC accelerator into a target inside a chamber (pink). The atomic nuclei undergo fusion reactions to form new elements & forms (isotopes) of other elements. These pass through a fragment separator to a detector for identification. These elements & isotopes allow studies of the forces binding nuclei together. A GSI team led by Peter Armbruster discovered the 6 heaviest-known elements (107 to 112) during 1981-96. Photographed in 1997.
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