The name of the element I researched was Plutonium.
element is PU and its atomic number is 94. The name is derived from the planet .
Pluto. Plutonite is a silvery radioactive metal in the actinide series. The actinide .
series are radioactive metals, with the atomic numbers 89 through 103. All these .
members of the actinide series have chemical properties similar to actinium. The .
elements in this series with atomic numbers greater than 92 are the transuranium .
elements. Only two transuraium elements occur in nature, these are neptunium and .
plutonium. They are produced in miniscule amounts by the decay of uranium. .
Plutonium was first discovered by Glenn Theodore Seaborg, an American .
chemist. He worked at the University of Chicago during World War II developing .
the atom bomb. In 1951 Glenn Theodore Seaborg and Edwin M. McMillan shared .
a Nobel Prize in chemistry for work on the transuranium elements. Seaborg is .
codiscoverer of the elements plutonium, americium, curium, berkelium, .
californium, einsteinium, fermium, mendelvium, and nobelium. Glenn Seaborg, .
Edwin McMillan, Joseph Kennedy and Arthur Wahl discovered, Plutonium at .
U.C. Berkeley on the night of February 23-24, 1941. They found this plutonium in .
the form of isotope Plutonium-238. This isotope was produced by the .
bombardment of uranium with deuterons in the 60-inch cyclotron at U.C. .
One of the many uses for plutonium is the production of nuclear energy. .
The energy in the nucleus of the PU atom can be released through fission or .
through fusion. In a fission reaction, a nucleus absorbs a neutron and becomes .
unstable, then it splits into two nuclei, nearly equal in size. In fusion, two nuclei .
combine to form one nuclei that is very heavy. Fusion occurs for very heavy .
nuclei and fission occurs for the lightest nuclei. .
A different use for plutonium is to power a nuclear reactor. A nuclear .
reactor is a device that produces a self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, in which .