1944 Americium

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Berkeley, ChicagoGlenn T. Seaborg, Leon O. Morgan, Ralph A. James, Albert Ghiorso elements Americium


Atomic number 95

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Americium, accent on the third syllable, with the “c” pronounced softly as an “s” or “sh,” is bioaccumulative and harmful to life. Americium-241 is fissile and more radioactive than plutonium-239; however, it a small amount of it is an essential component in common smoke detectors.

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  • Americium,” Elementymology & Elements Multidict, by Peter van der Krogt