Einsteinium Element Cube

Einsteinium Element Cube

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  • Made In USA
  • 2x2x2 inches
  • Radioactive symbol. No sample.

Named in honor of Albert Einstein, Einsteinium's atomic number is 99 and its symbol is Es. It is a soft, silvery, paramagnetic metal, and its chemistry is typical of the late actinides. The high radioactivity of einsteinium-253 produces a visible glow and rapidly damages its crystalline metal lattice, with released heat of about 1000 watts per gram.

It was discovered as a component of the debris of the first hydrogen bomb explosion in 1952. Its most common isotope einsteinium-253 (half-life 20.47 days) is produced artificially from decay of californium-253 in a few dedicated high-power nuclear reactors with a total yield on the order of one milligram per year.

This display is contained within crystal clear lucite acrylic.