Yrast 6 + seniority isomers of 136,138 Sn

G. S. Simpson, G. Gey, A. Jungclaus, J. Taprogge, S. Nishimura, K. Sieja, P. Doornenbal, G. Lorusso, P. A. Söderström, T. Sumikama, Z. Y. Xu, H. Baba, F. Browne, N. Fukuda, N. Inabe, T. Isobe, H. S. Jung, D. Kameda, G. D. Kim, Y. K. KimI. Kojouharov, T. Kubo, N. Kurz, Y. K. Kwon, Z. Li, H. Sakurai, H. Schaffner, Y. Shimizu, H. Suzuki, H. Takeda, Z. Vajta, H. Watanabe, J. Wu, A. Yagi, K. Yoshinaga, S. Bönig, J. M. Daugas, F. Drouet, R. Gernhäuser, S. Ilieva, T. Kröll, A. Montaner-Pizá, K. Moschner, D. Mücher, H. Naïdja, H. Nishibata, F. Nowacki, A. Odahara, R. Orlandi, K. Steiger, A. Wendt

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Delayed γ-ray cascades, originating from the decay of (6+) isomeric states, in the very neutron-rich, semimagic isotopes 136,138Sn have been observed following the projectile fission of a 238U beam at RIBF, RIKEN. The wave functions of these isomeric states are proposed to be predominantly a fully aligned pair of f7/2 neutrons. Shell-model calculations, performed using a realistic effective interaction, reproduce well the energies of the excited states of these nuclei and the measured transition rates, with the exception of the B(E2;6+→4+) rate of 136Sn, which deviates from a simple seniority scheme. Empirically reducing the νf7/22 orbit matrix elements produces a 41+ state with almost equal seniority 2 and 4 components, correctly reproducing the experimental B(E2;6+→4+) rate of 136Sn. These data provide a key benchmark for shell-model interactions far from stability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number132502
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 26 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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