In May of 2012 the IUPAC approved the name "Livermorium" (symbol Lv) for element 116. The new name honors the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1952). A group of researchers of this laboratory with the heavy element research group of the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions took part in the work carried out in Dubna on the synthesis of superheavy elements including element 116. Atoms of Lv were formed by the reaction of Cm-248 with Ca-48. The resulting Lv-292 decays by alpha emission to Fl-288.
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Stephen R. Marsden