Persistence of the Z=28 Shell Gap Around Ni 78: First Spectroscopy of Cu 79

L. Olivier, S. Franchoo, M. Niikura, Z. Vajta, D. Sohler, P. Doornenbal, A. Obertelli, Y. Tsunoda, T. Otsuka, G. Authelet, H. Baba, D. Calvet, F. Château, A. Corsi, A. Delbart, J. M. Gheller, A. Gillibert, T. Isobe, V. Lapoux, M. MatsushitaS. Momiyama, T. Motobayashi, H. Otsu, C. Péron, A. Peyaud, E. C. Pollacco, J. Y. Roussé, H. Sakurai, C. Santamaria, M. Sasano, Y. Shiga, S. Takeuchi, R. Taniuchi, T. Uesaka, H. Wang, K. Yoneda, F. Browne, L. X. Chung, Z. Dombradi, F. Flavigny, F. Giacoppo, A. Gottardo, K. Hadyńska-Klȩk, Z. Korkulu, S. Koyama, Y. Kubota, J. Lee, M. Lettmann, C. Louchart, R. Lozeva, K. Matsui, T. Miyazaki, S. Nishimura, K. Ogata, S. Ota, Z. Patel, E. Sahin, C. Shand, P. A. Söderström, I. Stefan, D. Steppenbeck, T. Sumikama, D. Suzuki, V. Werner, J. Wu, Z. Xu

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In-beam γ-ray spectroscopy of Cu79 is performed at the Radioactive Isotope Beam Factory of RIKEN. The nucleus of interest is produced through proton knockout from a Zn80 beam at 270 MeV/nucleon. The level scheme up to 4.6 MeV is established for the first time and the results are compared to Monte Carlo shell-model calculations. We do not observe significant knockout feeding to the excited states below 2.2 MeV, which indicates that the Z=28 gap at N=50 remains large. The results show that the Cu79 nucleus can be described in terms of a valence proton outside a Ni78 core, implying the magic character of the latter.

Original languageEnglish
Article number192501
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - Nov 6 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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