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The element actinium gives its name to the series of fourteen elements which follow it in the periodic table, including uranium and plutonium. Mainly due to the 5f level electrons, these elements display some unusual chemical and physical properties, which range from a marked magnetic anisotropy to superconductivity. Research into these properties of actinides, has not so far had any practical results although their use in the construction of magnets, magnetic memories and optical-magnetic instruments can be envisaged.

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Authors: LANDER G H, European Institute for Transuranian Elements, Karlsruhe (DE);FUGER J, European Institute for Transuranian Elements, Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Scienza & Tecnica 89/90 (1989) pp. 103-111
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