The chart of nuclides – Animation

For those of you interested in learning more about nuclear physics, I thought I’d share a pedagogic video. This animation visualises the chart of nuclides, which is the map of all nuclear species. In the video, some of the most important properties in nuclear physics are introduced. One such property is the magic numbers which are combinations of neutron or protons which display enhanced stability for the nucleus. The magic numbers are strongly connected to my PhD thesis. These are especially the predicted magic numbers of N=184 and Z~114-126 for superheavy nuclei which form the long-sought ‘Island of Stability’.