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Hassium (pronounced /ˈhæsiəm/) is a synthetic element in the periodic table that has the symbol Hs and atomic number 108. Hassium oxidizes similar to osmium above it, to a hassium tetroxide with a lower volatility than osmium tetroxide.
Additional recommended knowledge
Hassium was first synthesized in 1984 by a German research team led by Peter Armbruster and Gottfried Münzenberg at the Institute for Heavy Ion Research (Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung) in Darmstadt. The name hassium was proposed by them, derived from the Latin name for the German state of Hessen where the institute is located.
There was an element naming controversy as to what the elements from 101 to 109 were to be called; thus IUPAC adopted unniloctium (pronounced /ˌjuːn
Isotope 270 of Hassium, discovered by an international team of scientists led by the Technical University of Munich in December 2006, is a doubly magic isotope with an unusually long half-life of 22 seconds. The existence of such relatively stable heavy isotopes had already been theoretically predicted, with some theories suggesting Hassium-270 may form part of an island of stability.
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