Germanium 59 was recently discovered by a team of NSCL scientists. Why were they studying these isotopes? Germanium 59 and 60Ge bump right up against the border between where germanium isotopes have enough neutrons or not for their 32 protons to stay together in a nucleus. Establishing the existence of such isotopes and studying their properties deepens our understanding of how protons and neutrons can interact to form matter.
Visit the FRIB site to learn more about the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.