Monopole-driven shell evolution below the doubly magic nucleus Sn 132 explored with the long-lived isomer in Pd 126

H. Watanabe, G. Lorusso, S. Nishimura, T. Otsuka, K. Ogawa, Z. Y. Xu, T. Sumikama, P. A. Söderström, P. Doornenbal, Z. Li, F. Browne, G. Gey, H. S. Jung, J. Taprogge, Zs Vajta, J. Wu, A. Yagi, H. Baba, G. Benzoni, K. Y. ChaeF. C.L. Crespi, N. Fukuda, R. Gernhäuser, N. Inabe, T. Isobe, A. Jungclaus, D. Kameda, G. D. Kim, Y. K. Kim, I. Kojouharov, F. G. Kondev, T. Kubo, N. Kurz, Y. K. Kwon, G. J. Lane, C. B. Moon, A. Montaner-Pizá, K. Moschner, F. Naqvi, M. Niikura, H. Nishibata, D. Nishimura, A. Odahara, R. Orlandi, Z. Patel, Zs Podolyák, H. Sakurai, H. Schaffner, G. S. Simpson, K. Steiger, H. Suzuki, H. Takeda, A. Wendt, K. Yoshinaga

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A new isomer with a half-life of 23.0(8) ms has been identified at 2406 keV in Pd126 and is proposed to have a spin and parity of 10+ with a maximally aligned configuration comprising two neutron holes in the 1h11/2 orbit. In addition to an internal-decay branch through a hindered electric octupole transition, β decay from the long-lived isomer was observed to populate excited states at high spins in Ag126. The smaller energy difference between the 10+ and 7- isomers in Pd126 than in the heavier N=80 isotones can be interpreted as being ascribed to the monopole shift of the 1h11/2 neutron orbit. The effects of the monopole interaction on the evolution of single-neutron energies below Sn132 are discussed in terms of the central and tensor forces.

Original languageEnglish
Article number042502
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 25 2014
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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