In Brief The theory of quantum mechanics delineates the expected chemical behavior of all atoms. Physicists have found order in the complex world of minuscule particles through the theory of quantum mechanics. Team of researchers at Florida State University has found that surprisingly, the last 21 elements in the periodic table don’t like to follow those rules.
For the past three years, Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt and his team of researchers have been performing experiments on berkelium, element number 97- and the results diverged from what might be expected.
Instead of obeying quantum mechanics, they found that the element’s behavior was better described by Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, which is usually applied to objects in the macro-world.
There hasn’t been a great deal of research into the element – up until a few years ago, it was thought that it wasn’t even possible to make it into a compound.
An element being discovered and placed on the periodic table is only the first step of a longer process.