# Finding stable superheavy elements

Finding new stable superheavy elements is big interests in nuclear physics.

Nuclides with $$Z>92$$ are not found in nature, but can be made artificially.

Usually these nuclides become more unstable as their atomic number increases.

But, the island of stability predicts there are some stable isotopes of superheavy elements.

My question is why finding stable superheavy element is important?

Is it just for academic curiosity? Or is there some important application?

• Nobody is actually predicting that there would be stable isotopes in the island, only that they would have longer half-lives than otherwise expected based on extrapolation. – user4552 Aug 16 '19 at 19:04