There was an attempt to synthesize the element 120 recently in the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research.
Nuclear chemists and physicists attempted to do this by accelerating element 98; Californium, and element 22; Titanium.
Does anyone know why they chose this particular combination of elements? Californium by itself is difficult to synthesize so why spend time and money on something which, the way I see it (which I'm sure is wrong, being the reason I'm asking this question) can be replaced with a much simpler combination which is more cost and time effective.
Why not for example, use a combination of Lead (82) and Strontium (38)? Someone please explain this to me.
Another question deriving from this is: wouldn't it be easier to start by trying to synthesize element 130, and then when it decays to element 128, 126, 124, 122, and 120 you will simultaneously discover those as well...
That probably sounds childish, but please correct my misunderstandings