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Californium (Cf): Fun Facts and Information About the Element

What is the symbol? Cf
What is the atomic number? 98
What is the atomic weight? 251
What is the melting point in Celsius? 900
What is the density (g/cm3)? 15.1
What year was it discovered? 1950
Who discovered the element? “Stanley G. Thompson, Glenn T. Seaborg ,Kenneth Street, Jr., Albert Ghiorso”
What group is the element in? 102
What is the ionization energy? 6.2817
What element category is it in? Actinoids

Where is Californium Found?

Californium (III) is the only ion stable in aqueous solutions, all attempts to reduce or oxidize californium (III) having failed. The isotope 249Cf results from the beta decay of 249Bk while the heavier isotopes are produced by intense neutron irradiation by the reactions.

What is Californium Used For?

It has already found use in neutron moisture gauges and in well-logging. It is also being used as a portable neutron source for discovery of metals such as gold or silver by on-the-spot activation analysis.