New low-energy 0+ state and shape coexistence in Ni 70

C. J. Prokop, B. P. Crider, S. N. Liddick, A. D. Ayangeakaa, M. P. Carpenter, J. J. Carroll, J. Chen, C. J. Chiara, H. M. David, A. C. Dombos, S. Go, J. Harker, R. V.F. Janssens, N. Larson, T. Lauritsen, R. Lewis, S. J. Quinn, F. Recchia, D. Seweryniak, A. SpyrouS. Suchyta, W. B. Walters, S. Zhu

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In recent models, the neutron-rich Ni isotopes around N=40 are predicted to exhibit multiple low-energy excited 0+ states attributed to neutron and proton excitations across both the N=40 and Z=28 shell gaps. In Ni68, the three observed 0+ states have been interpreted in terms of triple shape coexistence between spherical, oblate, and prolate deformed shapes. In the present work a new (02+) state at an energy of 1567 keV has been discovered in Ni70 by using β-delayed, γ-ray spectroscopy following the decay of Co70. The precipitous drop in the energy of the prolate-deformed 0+ level between Ni68 and Ni70 with the addition of two neutrons compares favorably with results of Monte Carlo shell-model calculations carried out in the large fpg9/2d5/2 model space, which predict a 02+ state at 1525 keV in Ni70. The result extends the shape-coexistence picture in the region to Ni70 and confirms the importance of the role of the tensor component of the monopole interaction in describing the structure of neutron-rich nuclei.

Original languageEnglish
Article number061302
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 21 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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