THE ELEMENT

Name: Californium
Atomic Number: 98
Atomic Symbol: Cf
Atomic Weight: 251
Electron Configuration: 2-8-18-32-28-8-2

History:
(State and University of California) Californium, the sixth transuranium element to be discovered, was produced by Thompson, Street, Ghioirso, and Seaborg in 1950 by bombarding microgram quantities of 242Cm with 35 MeV helium ions in the Berkeley 60-inch cyclotron. Californium (III) is the only ion stable in aqueous solutions, all attempts to reduce or oxidize californium (III) having failed.
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