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May 03 2008

Ununoctium (2008), for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin, and contrabass

Score: Ununoctium

Written: 2008

Performed by: Music students at the University of Western Ontario, conducted by Pratik Ghandi

Performed at: von Kuster Hall, Music Building, the University of Western Ontario

Program Note:

Ununoctium also known as eka-radon or element 118 is the temporary IUPAC name for the transactinide element having the atomic number 118 and temporary element symbol Uuo.  On the periodic table of the elements, it is a p-block element and the last one of the 7th period.  Ununoctium is currently the only synthetic member of group 18 (the noble gases) and has the highest atomic number and highest atomic mass assigned to a discovered element.

On October 16, 2006, researchers from Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory of California, USA, working at the JINR in Dubna, Russia, announced in Physical Review C that they had indirectly detected a total of three nuclei of ununoctium-294 (one in 2002 and two more in 2005) produced via collisions of californium-249 atoms and calcium-48 ions

This work was conceived in October 2006, after CBC interviewed the head researcher for JINR.  It is based on the numerical relationship between Alan Forte’s set-classes and the atomic weight, atomic number, and various numbers assigned to ununoctium.

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