Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart, 8th Edition
Joseph Magill | Gerda Pfennig | Raymond Dreher | Zsolt Sóti
8th Edition 2012
A Record of Human Achievement in Nuclear Science
New machine developments and improvements at major nuclear centres worldwide are the main source of discovery of new elements, isotopes and new experimental results. This very active area of research provides a continuous source of new data. Our mission is to maintain, develop and update the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart with concise, up to date information on all experimentally observed nuclides.
For more than 50 years, the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart has provided scientists and students with structured, accurate information on the half-lives and decay modes of radionuclides, as well as the energies of emitted radiation. Beyond the more traditional physical sciences such as health physics and radiation protection, nuclear and radiochemistry, and astrophysics, the Chart is now in wide and common usage in the life and earth sciences (biology, medicine, agriculture, geology, etc.). An important characteristic of the Chart is its great didactic value in education and training in the nuclear sciences. It has been used in training programmes worldwide and is a valuable and welcome addition to the many books on nuclear science including school physics textbooks. Although many nuclear data sources are available on the internet, the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart provides a unique overview of current knowledge and is for many the preferred medium for ease of use, convenience and practicality.
The 8th Edition of the “Karlsruher Nuklidkarte” contains new and updated radioactive decay data on 737 nuclides not found in the previous (2006) edition. In total, nuclear data on 3847 experimentally observed ground states and isomers are presented. The new element names copernicium (symbol Cn element 112), flerovium (symbol Fl, element 114) and livermorium (symbol Lv, element 116) been introduced. Most recent values of the atomic weights, isotopic abundances and cross sections are included together with the thermal fission yields for both 235U and 239Pu. For twelve elements, a range of atomic weights is given to reflect the isotopic variability in natural materials.
The accompanying booklet contains the multi-lingual “Explanation of the Chart of the Nuclides” in English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese and Russian. The text has been considerably revised to include an "Examples" section which is used to describe in detail how the nuclide box contents should be interpreted with reference to the nuclide decay scheme diagrams. In addition to the fold-out chart and wall-chart, a new auditorium wall-chart (43 x 316 cm) has been developed for lectures theatres, etc. An even larger "Carpet" version (100 x 650 cm) is available mainly for exhibition purposes. Finally a new web-based version of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart is in the final stages of development for use within the Nucleonica nuclear sciene portal.
Since 1st January 2012, the management of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart has been taken over by Nucleonica GmbH - a spin-off company of the EC's Joint Research Centre (JRC). Through a license agreement with the JRC, Nucleonica GmbH has exclusive rights to further develop and market the current and future editions of the Chart.
Many people have been involved in the realisation of this new 8th edition. We would like to acknowledge the support of the ITU Director Prof. Dr. T. Fanghänel in this endeavour. We thank also Drs. Mayer and Kroner (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT) and our Commission colleagues Olivier Eulaerts and Huseyin Kebapci in Brussels. Finally, we acknowledge the assistance from our colleagues D. Cui and Prof. X. Wang (Chinese translation), M. Sheindlin and O. Kolomiyets (Russian translation), V. Esteban Gran, C. Normand (Spanish/French translations).
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