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Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart

Joseph Magill | Gerda Pfennig | Raymond Dreher | Zsolt Sóti

9th Edition 2015

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New machine developments and improvements at major nuclear centres worldwide are the main source of discovery of new elements, isotopes and new experimental results. This very active area of research provides a continuous source of new data. Our mission is to maintain, develop and update the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart with concise, up to date information on all experimentally observed nuclides.

The Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart - new 9th Edition 2015

For more than 50 years, the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart has provided scientists and students with structured, accurate information on the half-lives and decay modes of radionuclides, as well as the energies of emitted radiation. Beyond the more traditional physical sciences such as health physics and radiation protection, nuclear and radiochemistry, and astrophysics, the Chart is now in wide and common usage in the life and earth sciences (biology, medicine, agriculture, geology, etc.). An important characteristic of the Chart is its great didactic value in education and training in the nuclear sciences. It has been used in training programmes worldwide and is a valuable and welcome addition to the many books on nuclear science including school physics textbooks. Although many nuclear data sources are available on the internet, the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart provides a unique overview of current knowledge and is for many the preferred medium for ease of use, convenience and practicality.

The 9th Edition of the “Karlsruher Nuklidkarte” contains new and updated radioactive decay data on 1644 nuclides not found in the previous (2012) edition. In total, nuclear data on 3992 experimentally observed ground states and isomers are presented. Most recent values of the atomic weights, isotopic abundances and cross sections are included together with the thermal fission yields for both 235U and 239Pu. For twelve elements, a range of atomic weights is given to reflect the isotopic variability in natural materials.

The accompanying booklet contains the multi-lingual “Explanation of the Chart of the Nuclides” in English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese and Russian. The text has been considerably revised to include a Reduced Decay Schemes section which is used to describe in detail how the nuclide box contents should be interpreted with reference to the nuclide decay scheme diagrams. In addition to the fold-out chart and wall-chart, an auditorium wall-chart (43 x 316 cm) is available. An even larger "Carpet" version (100 x 650 cm) is available mainly for exhibition purposes.

Since 1st January 2012, the management of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart has been taken over by Nucleonica GmbH - a spin-off company of the EC's Joint Research Centre (JRC). Through a license agreement with the JRC, Nucleonica GmbH has exclusive rights to further develop and market the current and future editions of the Chart.

Various versions of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart...

The Roll Map (170x120cm). Now available
The Fold-out Chart (A4). Now available
The Wallchart, 95 cm x 139 cm. Now available. See a giant version of this at the Technical University of Munich
The Auditorium Chart, 43 cm x 316 cm. Now available
The Karlsruhe Nuclide "Carpet" with CERN logo (approximate dimensions 100 cm x 650 m). Now available
The Wallchart in CERN, signed by Nobel laureate Konstantin Novoselov (winner of the 2010 Nobel prize in Physics)
Contour cut aluminium sandwich (dibond) version of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart.
Contour Nuclide Chart at European Dialogue Centre
Giant Mosaic version of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart at ITU

Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart Online

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