Superheavy elements a prediction of their chemical and physical properties

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Superheavy Elements
A Prediction of Their Chemical and Physical Properties
Burkhard Fricke
Gesamthochschule Kassel, D3500 Kassel, HeinrichPlettStr. 40, Germany and
Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung, D6100 Darmstadt, Postfach 541, Germany
Table of Contents
I. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90
11. Predictions of Nuclear Stability .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92
111. Basis für the Predictions of Chemical and Physical Properties
1. The Electronic Structure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
a) Continuation of the Periodic Table
b) Abinitio Atomic Calculations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2. Trends of the Chemical and Physical Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
a) Trends Emerging from the Calculations
b) Empirical and Semiempirical Methods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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102
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IV. Discussion of the Elements
1. The 6d transition Elements Z = 104 to 112 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
2. The 7p and 8s Elements Z = 113 to 120 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
3. The 5g and 6/ Elements Z = 121 to 154 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
4. The Elements Z = 155 to 172 and Z = 184. .. .. . .. . . . . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . .
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127
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V. Critical Analysis of the Predictions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .137
VI. Application of the Chemical Predictions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..139
VII. References..............................................................142
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J. Introduction
Very recently Oganesian, Flerou and coworkers (1) in Dubna announced the
discovery of element 106. Although they observed less than 100 fission tracks of
the decaying nuclei of this element, formed after the heavyion bombardment of
Crionson Pb, they were able to measure a halflife of about 20 msec for one isotope
and 7 msec for another. At about the same time Ghiorso and coworkers (2) in Ber
keley found a new alpha activity for which they established the genetic link
with the previously identified daughter and granddaughter nuclides
aa
o:
263106 ~
259104
+
3 sec
255102
+
3 min
0.9 sec
This evidence indicates that a new element has been added to the periodic
table, thus presenting a new challenge to scientists.
Until 1940 the heaviest known element was uranium with the atomic number
92, and at that time (about 1944) the actinide concept of Seaborg (3) was just a
hypothesis. It is thus apparent that great progress has been made since then.
Fourteen new elements have been added to the periodic system and much chem
ical and physical information has been gathered concerning this region of ele
ments. Hence we can expect that element 106 is probably not the last element
but only a step toward an even longer periodic table. The approach used in the
experiments up to now to produce even heavier transuranium elements has been
to proceed element by element into the region of atomic numbers just beyond the
heaviest known by bombarding highZ atoms with smallZ atoms. There have
been very difficult and laborious attempts to proceed even further (4, 5). The
upper limit of this method is determined by experimental feasibility; it cannot
now be predicted with certainty but will be about element 108 or 109. The other
way to proceed is to bombard two very heavy elements with each other, thus
producing superheavy elements directly. This method will probably overlap
with the first method at its lower end.
This second method, which must be the result of bombardments with relatively
high Z heavy ions, is still in preparation at several places in the world, i. e. Dubna
in the USSR, Berkeley in the USA, Orsay in France, and Darmstadt in Germany.
If this method is successful, it should lead to the nearly simultaneous discovery
of a number of new elements.
There is general agreement that theoretical predictions of nuclear stability,
which we discuss briefly in the next paragraph, define a range of superheavy
elements with sufficiently long halflives to allow their study, provided they can
be synthesized. What cannot be predicted is whether there exist nuclear reactions
for such synthesis in detectable amounts on earth.
The known elements heavier than uranium are usually called by the very
unspecific name of transuranium elements. In the upper range this term is ex
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pected to overlap with the equally illdefined expression superheavy elements.
To clarify the situation from a nuclear physics point of view, one may define
the end of the transuranium elements and the beginning of the superheavy ele
ments as the element where the nuclear stability of the longestlived isotope in
creases again with increasing Z. The observed strong decrease of the halfJives of
the transuranium elements known up to now can be seen in Fig. 1. The question
is where and if this trend to even smaller halflives is likely to end.
From a chemical point of view the elements, including the unknown super
heavy elements, are well defined by their location in the periodic table. The ele
ments up to 103 are the actinides or the 51 transition elements. Chemical reviews
of these are given by Seaborg (6, 7), Cunningham (8), Asprey and Pennemann (9),
and Keller (10). The 6d transition series starts with element 104. Of course, the
first chemical question to be answered is whether this simple series concept of the
periodic table still holds for the superheavy elements. A very comprehensive review
of elements 101 to 105, discussing the nuclear stability and chemical behavior of
the predicted elemcnts, was given by Seaborg (5) in 1968. Several other articles
dealing mainly with the chemical behavior of superheavy elements, the search for
superheavy elements in nature, and the electronic structure of these elements
have since been published. The references are given in the discussion below.
In this summary of the very quickly developing field of the superheavy ele
ments, the main emphasis lies on the prediction of their chemical properties. Apart
from the general interest of the question, this knowledge is expected to be very
important because chemical separation will be one of the methods used to detect
superheavy elements.
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11. Predictions of Nuclear Stability
Like the wellknown effect of the elosed shells in the atomie eleetron eloud at
Z ==2, 10, 18,36,54,86, whieh is the physieal basis for the strueture of the periodie
table, the effeet of elosed nueleon shells together with a large separation to the next
unoccupied shell also makes for considerable nuclear stability. The nucleus
consists of two kinds of particles, protons and neutrons, so that we have two
series of soealled magie numbers. These are for protons 2, 8, 20, 28, 50, 82, and
for neutrons 2, 8, 20, 28, 50, 82, and 126. Nuelei where both protons and neutrons
are magie, (160, 40Ca or 208Pb, for example) are called doublemagie nuclei and
are partieularly stable. As we go to even heavier nuclei, the effect whieh most
heavily influenees stability to exdecay or fission (the most important decay modes)
is the inereasingly large repulsion of the nueleonie eharges against the attraetive
nuelear forces, which severely shortens the halflives of the nuclei (11), as can be
seen from Fig. 1. This suggests the question: Is the stabilizing effect of the next
1021
1018
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lI)
o
Z
o
U
tg 109
1015
1012
W 106
u,
:::J
J
103
u..
'
<{
:r:
103
106
109
1 0  1 2 ~ " " " " "  " " ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' '   & o . . . I  . L  J .  ~ . . . . . \  o I   I  . . I . . . . J . . : . . I
Fig. 1. The longestlived isotopes of transuranium elements as a function of Z for spontaneous
fission and a decay (11)
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doublemagie configuration large enough to counteract this repulsion and to
lengthen the halflives yet again?
Because it was assumed that the next protonic magie number was 126 (by
analogy with the neutrons), early studies of possible superheavyelements did not
receive much attention (1215), since the predicted region was too far away to
be reached with the nuclear reactions available at that time. Moreover, the ex
istence of such nuclei in nature was not then considered possible. The situation
changed in 1966 when Meldner and Röper (16, 17) predicted that the next proton
shell closure would occur at atomic number 114, and when Myers and Swiatecki
(18) estimated that the stability fission of a superheavy nucleus with elosed
proton and neutron shells might be comparable to or even higher than that of
many heavy nuclei.
These results stimulated extensive theoretieal studies on the nuclear properties
of superheavy elements (19). The calculations published so far have been based
on a variety of approaches. Most ealeulations were performed by using a phenom
enologieal deseription within the deformed shell model (2023). In this model
the nucleons are considered to move in an average potential and the shape of the
potential and other parameters are chosen by fitting singlepartiele levels in well
investigated spherical or deformed nuclei. Regardless of the approach followed,
the authors agree in predicting a doublemagie nueleus298114, although several
other magie proton and neutron numbers near these values have been diseussed.
There are also several selfconsistent calculations (17, 2427) but suitable
parameters have to be used, beeause the nueleonnueleon force is not known from
general considerations. Most authors also accept the magie numbers Z === 114 and
N === 184.
In addition to the proton magie number 114, a seeond superheavy magic proton
number was investigated at Z === 164 (23, 28). Although the realization of such a
nueleus seems to be far from any praetieal possibility at the moment, one should
bear this region in mind because many most interesting questions could be an
swered if it were possible to produce these elements. One way to actually proeeed
o
28 50 82126184196318
NEUTRONS
Fig. 2. Schematic drawing of the stability of the nuclei as a function of the number of protons
and neutrons. The expected islands of stability can be seen near Z = 114 and Z = 164 (29)
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into this region is the observation of the Xrays from the quasimoleeular systems
whieh are transiently formed during heavy ion eollission (109).
These predietions are depieted very schernatically in Fig. 2 in an allegorieal
fashion (29). The long peninsula eorresponds to the region of known nuelei. The
grid lines represent the magie numbers of protons (Z) and neutrons (N). The third
dimension represents the stability. The magie numbers are shown as ridges and
the doublemagie nuelei, like 208Pb, are represented as mountains. The two regions
near Z ==114 and Z ==164 show up in Fig. 2 as "islands of stability" within the
large "sea of instability".
The detailed ealeulations quoted above predict potential barriers against
fission, i. e. the total energy of the nucleus is caleulated as a funetion of the
deformation, beeause a deformation parameter describes at the one extreme the
spherieal nucleus and at the other the two separated nuclei after fission. All of
these ealeulations indieate a maximum (or two) at a small deformation, whereas
we get a dip of a few MeV at zero deformation and a trough of a few hundred MeV
for very large deformations. The result of such a ealeulation is shown in Fig. 3
o[
298114
>
Q)
 2100
1
T 8 MeV
~
>
~
0::
l.LJ
Zw
2200
J
<t
i=
z
l.LJ
~0a..
 2300
ENERGY RELEASE ~
310 MeV
o
2400
.....1
DEFORMATION 
Fig. 3. Total energy as a funetion of the deformation of the expeeted doublemagie nueleus
298114. The small minimum at the deformation zero is expeeted to be the reason for the very
long lifetime of this nucleus (32)
for the expected doublemagie nucleus298114. This small minimum at zero de
formation plays an important role ; it keeps the nucleus in spherical shape and
prevents rapid deeay in the fission path. Spontaneous fission ean oeeur only by the
extremely slow proeess of tunneling through the several MeV high barrier.
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Superheavy Elements
Thus, the height and width of this barrier playamost important role in the
predietion of the halflives against fission (31). For the doublemagie nueleus298114
a height of between 9 and 14 MeV is predieted, depending on the method used.
This yields spontaneous fission halflives of between 107and 1015years.
These first results were very promising and stimulated a very extensive but
up to now unsueeessful seareh for superheavy elements in nature. A most corn
prehensive review of this subjeet was given by G. Herrmann (32). But, besides
spontaneous fission, a nueleus ean deeay by other deeay modes like o: deeay,
ß deeay, or eleetron eapture. The most eomprehensive study of halflives in the
first superheavy island was performed by Fiset and Nix (33). Figure 4 is taken
from their work.
126
120
114
NI
ffi
CD
108
~:J
Z
Zoi
o
0:::
0..
120
114
172
178
184
190172178184
NEUTRONNUMBER .t:!.
190
Fig. 4. Summary of predictions of the halflives of the nuclei at the :first island of stability.
(a) spontaneous:fission halfIives, (b) ccdecay halflives, (c) electroncapture and ßdecay
halflives, and (d) total halflives. The nurnbers give the exponent of 10 of the halflives in
years (33)
The results show that, as one moves away from the double elosedshell nueleus
298114, the ealeulated spontaneous fission halflives in Fig. 4a deerease from 1015
y for nuclei on the inner contour to 105y (about 5 min) for nuclei on the outer
contour. With respect to spontaneous fission, the island of superheavy nuclei is
a mountain ridge running north and south, with the descent being most gentle in
the northwest direction. The calculated «decay halflives in Fig. 4b, however,
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decrease, rather smoothly with increasing proton number from 105y for nuclei
along the bottom contour to 1015y (about 30 nsec) for nuclei along the top
contour. The discontinuities arise from shell effects. The ßstability valley crosses
the island from the southwest to the northeast direction.
The calculated ßdecay and electroncapture halflives in Fig. 4c decrease
from 1 y for nuclei along the inner contour to 107y (about 3 sec) for nuclei at
the outer contour. The total halflives in Fig. 4d are obtained by taking into ac
count all three decay modes. The longest total halflife of 109years is found for the
nucleus294110. A threedimensional plot of these results (35) is given in Fig, 5,
where the island character of this region of relative stability is beautifully demon
strated.
Fig. 5. Same as Fig. 4 d in a threedimensional plot (35)
In considering such results (34), one should be aware of the great uncertainties
associated with the extrapolation of nuclear properties into the unknown region.
The calculations are associated with large errors. The total uncertainty for all
three decay modes discussed here is as large as 1010for the halflives.
The halflives for the second island of stability are even smaller. In the most
optimistic estimates, they are not more than a few hours, and the uncertainty
of 1010brings them down into the region of nsec. The second assumption of course,
which has still to be proved, is that these nuclei can in fact be produced.
In conclusion, one may say that there is general agreement that theoretical
predictions of nuclear stability define a range of superheavy elements in the vicin
ity of element 114with sufficiently long halflives to allow their study, provided
they can be synthesized.
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111. Basis for the Predictions of Chemical and Physical Properties
1. The Electronic Structure
When M endeleev constructed his periodic system in 1869 he had actually found the
most general and overall systematics known in science. He developed this table
from his comparison of the chemieal and physical properties of the elements,
without knowing the underlying reason for it. Since the early stages of quantum
mechanics in the 1920's, it has become clear that the similarity of the properties
of the elements depends strongly on the outer electronic structure. The filledshell
concept is in accord with the periodicity of the chemical properties that formed
the basis for the concept of the periodic table.
Thus it is obvious that the first step toward predicting chemical and physical
properties is to predict the electronic structure of the superheavy elements. An
excellent review article on this subject will be published by}. B. Mann (35) in
the near future.
a) Continuation of the PeriodicTable. As early as 1926M adelung (36) found the
empirical rules for the electronshell filling of the groundstate configurations of
the neutral atoms. His rules are simple:
1. electron shells fill in order of increasing value of the quantum number sum
(n+l), where nis the principalquantumnumber and lthe orbitalquantum number;
2. for fixed (n+l), shells fill in order of increasing n.
In Fig. 6 we show one of the many published schemes based on these rules,
which demonstrates the filling of the electrons. This systematics provides an
almost correct explanation of all known neutral atomic configurations in the
known region of elements. This simple law was therefore used by Gol'danskii (37)
and by Seaborg (5) to predict the electron structure of the superheavy elements.
Seaborg designated the 32 elements of the Sg and 61 shells as the "superactinide
series" and placed them as elements 122 to 153 by analogy with the actinide series
1
3
15
25
2
4
5
13 3p 18
4p 36
49 5p
81 6p 86
112 113 7p
2p 10
11
19 45
37 55 38
55 65
87 75 88
119 85 120
35
12
20
21 3d 30
39 4d 48
71 5d 80
31
54
56
157 "f 70
89 5f 102 103 6d
6 f

118
(n+l)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
f121
~
597d8P 1681 169 95 170 I
~
9
~
Fig. 6. The filling of the electron shells according to the simple rule of Madelung (36)
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90 to 103 following actinium. Since there were already in the known region of
elements a few deviations from M adeiung's simple rules, especially in the lanth
anides and actinides, Chaikkorskii (38) and later Taube (39) tried to predict these
anticipated deviations. In Table 1 we show the predictions of Gol'danskii, Seaborg,
Table 1. Predictions of the groundstate configurations of Gol'danskii (37), Chaikkorskii (38),
Taube (39) and Seaborg (5) for elements 121 to 127 and 159 to 168, using the principle of the
extrapolation within the periodic table. The main quantum numbers (5g, 61, 7d, 85) are not
shown. This table is taken from Mann (35)
Element
Taube (39)
Gol'danskii (37)
Seaborg (57)
Chaikkorskii (38)
121
d52
g52
d52
d52
122
123
Id52
g252
g252
d252
gjd52
g352
g352d352
124
125
g2/d52
g452
g452
12d252
g3 jd52
g552
g552
g2 j2 d52
126
g41d52
g652
 g652
g3 12d52
127
159
g5 jd52
g752
g752
g5 d2s2
d752
d752
d752
160
161
d852
d852
d951
d952
d952
dl O51
162
163168
dl O52
dl O52
dl O52
S52spn (n = 1  6) for all columns
Chaikkorskii and Taube for elements 121 to 127 and 159 to 168. Apart from small
discrepancies in these somewhat uncertain regions, there was general agreement
that the unfinished 8th row of the periodic table would be finished by the 6d
elements ending at element 112 and the 7p elements at 118. From a conservative
point of view, every extrapolation into the region starting with element 121 is
expected to be very speculative. Nevertheless, the reliability of the location of the
elements in the periodic table seems to be relatively unambiguous.
b) Abinitio Atomic Calculations. The prediction ofthe electronicconfigurations
of the superheavy elements became much more reliable when abinitio atomic
calculations became available and accurate enough to be used in the field of
the superheavy elements.
In the following paragraph we give a very brief description of the principles
used in the calculations. For the details, especially the exact formulas used, we
refer to the literature. All the calculations that are useful in this connection are
based on the calculation of the total energy ET of the electronic system, given by
the expression
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where 1jJ is the total wave function and H the Hamiltonian of the system. The
physical solution is found when ET is at the total minimum after the variation of
1jJ.
Depending on the ansatz for the total wave functions 1jJ and the Hamiltonian
H of the system, this minimalization of the total energy leads to a set of different,
usually coupled differential equations. The solution oi these equations gives the
total wave function and hence the total energy. These methods, usually called
Hartree and HartreeFock methods, are described in detail in various texts and
papers (40). For those planning to do suchcalculations, R.D. Hartree's "Calculation
of Atomic Structure" (41), and "Atornic Structure Calculations" (42) by F. Herr
mann and S. Skillman are recommended. A review article by J. P. Grant (43)
gives an excellent description of relativistic methods. A good summary is also
given by]. B. Mann (35).
Let us discuss very briefly the various methods that have been used. The first
group of calculations is done by using the nonrelativistic Hamiltonian (ignoring
spinorbit interaction)
Here the first term with v the Nabla operator is the kinetic energy, the second
is the potential energy due to the nuclear charge, and the last term is the total
electrostatic interaction energy over all pairs of electrons.
Hartree's method (H) considers the total wave function to be a product of
oneelectron wave functions 1p === II f[Ji; this leads, after the variation of the total
i
energy, to a set of secondorder homogeneous differential equations that have
to be solved for the radial wave functions of the electrons of each shell. The last
term due to the interaction of the electrons is given by the potential generated
by all the other electrons. In this respect the set of the differential equations is,
of course, already coupled. This was the basic method used by Larson et al. (44)
for the first atomic claculations in the region of superheavy elements Z === 122 to
127.
HartreeFock method (HF). Here the total wave function is assumed to be an
antisymmetric sum of Hartree functions and can be represented by a Slater
determinant
1p === (N 1) t If[J1(1) f[Jl(2) •.••• f[JN(N) r
which automatically obeys the Pauli principle.
The effect of the determinantal wave function is to greatly complicate the
resulting differential equations by adding exchange potential terms, giving rise to
an inhomogeneous equation, for which the correct solutions becomes much more
difficult and timeconsuming. For the exact equations, see for example]. B. Mann
(35). A program using this method was developed by C. FroeseFischer (45).
HartreeFockSlater method (HFS). In this method the inhomogeneous parts
of the equations used in the HartreeFock method are approximated by a local
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potential, as proposed in 1951 by Slater (46). This approximation yields much
simpler homogeneous differential equations in which the potential terms are
identical for every orbital of the atom, which makes the actual computation
less timeconsuming by a factor of about 5 to 10, although the results are nearly
as good as with the HartreeFock method,
For heavy elements, all of the above nonrelativistic methods become in
creasingly in error with increasing nuclear charge. Dirac (47) developed a relativist
ic Hamiltonian that is exact for a oneelectron atom. It includes relativistic mass
velocity effects, an effect named after Darwin, and the very important interaction
that arises between the magnetic moments of spin and orbital motion of the elec
tron (called spinorbit interaction). A completely correct form of the relativistic
Hamiltonian for a manyelectron atom has not yet been found. However, excellent
results can be obtained by simply adding an electrostatic interaction potential of
the form used in the nonrelativistic method, This relativistic Hamiltonian has
the form
(i c rx(k) . \l (k)  ß(k) c2
~
H = ~~ )
+~
.'. ,
r»
r»
~
k k<j
where o:and ßare 4 x4 matrices and \l is the Nabla operator. Using the variation
al method in the same manner as before and taking a Slater determinant as the
wave function, one obtains two sets of firstorder inhomogeneous differential
equations to be solved for all electrons of the atom. This most complicated ver
sion of atomic calculations is called the relativistic HartreeFockmethod or Dirac
Fock method (DF) (48). Various papers calculating the groundstate configurations
of superheavy atoms by this method have been published since 1969 (4951). A
complete discussion is given by J. B. Mann (35).
These very complicated inhomogeneous coupled differential equations can
again be simplified by using Slater's approximation. This method is therefore called
the relativisticHartreeFockSlaterorDiracFockSlater (DFS) (5253) calculations,
and they have also been done by several authors for the superheavy elements
(5456).
The results for the groundstate configurations of all superheavy elements up
to 172 and for element 184 are given in Table 2 (35,50,5660). In only very few
cases are the results different for the two best methods, DF and DFS, but the
differences are so small that no final decision can be made.
The first difference that becomes obvious in comparison to the empirical
continuation of the electron filling discussed above (29, 3739) occurs at elements
110 and 111. The calculated groundstate is s2d8and s2d9, respectively, which is
not at all common in the homologs of the two elements.
Also, beginning with element 121, every element has a different groundstate
configuration than that predicted by simple extrapolations. The main reason for
this behavior is that, unexpectedly, an 8p electron state becomes occupied at
element 121, and at least one of these electrons remains bound through all the
following elements. In the 160 region the difference between the simple predictions
and the results of the calculations is already so large that the position of the
elements in the periodic table is changed drastically. (For an overview and com
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Table 2. Atomic groundstate configurations for the neutral elements 103 to 172 and 184 according to Mann (35) and Pricke and Waber (85,60), using
selfconsistent DiracFock calculations
Element
Rn core + 5/14+
Element
Z = 120 core +
Element
Z = 120 core +
+ 8pr/2 +
Element
Z = 120 core +
+ 8pr/2 5g1S6/14+
103
7527p
7526d2
7526d3
7526d4
7526d5
121
8p
139
5g136/27d2
5g146/37d1
5g156/27d2
5g166/27d2
5g176/27d2
5g1S6/17d3
5g1S6/37d2
6/47d2
6/57d2
6/67d2
6/67d3
6/67d4
6/S7d3
6/97d3
6/117d2
6/127d2
6/137d5
6/147d2
157
7d3
104
122
8p 7d
140
158
7d4
7d4951
7d5951
7d6951
7ds
105
123
8p 7d 6/
8p 6/3
141
159
106
124
142160
107
125
8p 6/35g
8p 7d 6/25g2
8p2 6/25g3
8p 26/25g4
8p2 6/25g5
8p2 6/25g6
8p2 6/25g7
8p2 6/25gS
8p2 6/35gS
8p2 6/45gS
143
161
108
7526d6
7526d7
7526dS
7526d9
7526d1O
7526d107p
7526d107p2
7526d107p3
7526d107p4
7526d107p5
7526d107p6
7526d107p6 85
7526d107p6 852
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144
162
109
127145
163
7d9
7d1O
7d10951
7d10952
7d109529pi/2
7d109529pr/2
7d109529pr/2 8 P ~ / 2
7d109529pr/2 8 P ~ / 2
7d109529pr/2 8pg/2
7d109529pr/2 8pi/2
Z = 172 core +
6g57/48d3
110
128
~ 4 6
164
111
129
147
165
112
130
148
166
113
131
149
167
114
132
150
168
115
133
151
169
116
134
152
170
Cf)
117
135
8p2 6/45g9
8p2 6/45g1O
8p2 6/37d 5g11
8p2 6/37d 5g12
153
171
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136
154
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137
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B. Fricke
parison, see the periodic table in Fig. 21, incorporating the results of the prediction
of the elements up to 172 taken from Fricke et al. (56)). This disagreement with
the results expected from a simple continuation of the periodic table is of course,
a result of the interpretation of the periodic system in terms of chemical behavior,
but the primary reason is the surprising order of filling of the outer electron shells
in this region.
If we try to proceed to even heavier elements, the calculations come to a halt
at Z = 174 because at this element the ls level reaches the negative continuum of
the electrons at a binding energy of 2mec2 ==1 MeV and the calculation breaks
down. To proceed further, Fricke (61) introdueed a phenomenologieal description
of the quantumeleetrodynamical effects into the SCF caleulations (60), which
shifts the binding energies of the inner electrons back to lower values. Using this
method, he was then able to study the electron configurations of the elements
beyond Z == 174.
2. Trends of the Chemieal and Physical Properties
The detailed and sophistieated caleulations of the electronicground states of the
atoms are very worthwhile as an important, though only the first step toward
predieting the ehemical and physical properties of superheavy elements, beeause
chemistry consists not only of the properties of the atoms but also of the molecules
and their behavior. Abinitio ealeulations of molecules were introduced for small
moleeules and small Z, and the state of the art is still far away from the point
that allows actual calculations of the chemieal properties of superheavy molecules.
A first step in this direction has been taken by Averill et al, (62), who ealeulated
the wave function of (110)F 6 using a muffintin method.
a) Trends Emerging from the Calculations. Althoughwe are not able to ealeulate
the properties of superheavy moleeulesat the present time, the atomic calculations
give us more than just the electronie structure of the neutral elements.
One has to bear in mind that two elements from the same ehemieal group,
which often have the same outer eleetronie strueture will be chemically and physi
eally slightly different. This can be to some extent explained as the effeet of their
somewhat different sizes, changed ionization potential, and the different energies
and radial distributions of the wave functions between analogous shells. These
quantities are also determined directly by the atomic calculations. The size of the
atom or ion correlates strongly with the principal maximum of the outermost
electronicshell, as found by Slater (63),thus giving a first estimate of this important
magnitude. Sometimes the expectation value of <r> of the outermost shell is
used as the radius, but the agreement with experiment is not so good.
There is eonsiderable agreement that the ionization potentials have to be
ealculated in the adiabatie approximation, in which it is assumed that during the
removal of an electron sufficient time elapses for the other electrons to rearrange
themselves, so that the ionization potentialis given by thedifference in total energy
of the two calculations with m and ml electrons. The other method, taking the
calculated energy eigenvalues (64), can only be used as an approximation to this
physical quantity.
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Superheavy Elements
In the first part of the periodic table it is relatively easy to make the connection
between these quantities and a chemical interpretation because of the few shells
involved and their large separation. Moreover, the influence of the inner electron
shells is rather small so that the outer electron configurations are very similar in
the same chemical group at different periods. When we proceed to higher elements
at the end of the periodic table, the number of shells increases, the binding energy
of the last electrons decreases, and there is competition between shells; hence the
influence of the inner electrons becomes more significant. This rather complex
behavior is further complicated by the fact that relativistic effects now begin
to be important and the coupling between the angular momenta of the elec
trons changes from LS to intermediate or jj coupling. All these effects and their
relative influences are taken into account in the abinitio calculations. Of course,
to prove their reliability in the superheavy region of elcmcnts, they have to
reproduce the complex structure and its relationship to chemical behavior in the
known part of the periodic table, which in all cases is done for example for the
groundstate configurations of the atoms. The main change due to relativistic effects
is the splitting of all shells with l i=0 into two subshells with j ===l+1/2 and
j ==l 1/2. This means that, for example the pstate splits into the Pl/2 subshell
DIRAC SLATER EIGENVALUES
VALENCE ELECTRONS FORsp'p CONFIG.
0_
164
o
25 5075 100125150
PROTON OR ATOMIC NUMBER
10
;: 20
<l>
>
C)
n::
~
30
w
40
50
SiGe
Sn
Pb
8 d ~
0
2
Fig. 7. Comparison of the eigenvalues of the ns, npl/2 and np3/2 electrons in the groupIVA
elements using DFS calculations. This figure illustrates the very strong dependence of the spin
orbit splitting between the two p states as a function of the atomic number. For element 164,
the 9s and 8d 3/2 levels are also drawn (85)
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