Fermium is a synthetic element that can be formed from neutron bombardment. It is the last known element that has been produced in quantities but to this day pure fermium metal has not been produced. Fermium was discovered in the fallout from the nuclear explosion of Ivy Mike, the first successful hydrogen bomb. It was discovered by the scientist who discovered Einsteinium, Albert Ghiorso. It draws its name from Enrico Fermi. Fermium is a synthetic element, any Fermium that may have existed on earth would have decayed due to its short half life. Most Fermium is produced in laboratories. Fermium is not used due to its high radioactivity, it has mainly uses in nuclear research. It is a solid metal at room temperature and it has a melting point of 1527°c predicted, the boiling point is unknown.
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It has no significant commercial applications.
Produced by bombarding lighter transuranium elements with still lighter particles or by neutron capture.