Noun(1) a radioactive transuranic metallic element; produced by bombarding plutonium with helium nuclei
(1) Release of plutonium, americium and curium could occur from laboratory or industrial accidents.(2) All isotopes of curium are radioactive with curium - 247 having the longest half life, about 16 million years.(3) Kept secret until after the war, they were respectively called americium and curium .(4) It is prepared artificially by bombarding curium with alpha particles in a particle accelerator.(5) The lifetimes of the first ├ö├ç├┐transuranium├ö├ç├û elements - such as plutonium, curium and californium - were very close to the values predicted by the liquid-drop model.
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