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Variation of half-life and internal-conversion electron energy spectrum between $$^{235m}$$U oxide and fluoride

Shigekawa, Yudai*; Kasamatsu, Yoshitaka*; Yasuda, Yuki*; Kaneko, Masashi ; Watanabe, Masayuki; Shinohara, Atsushi*

The nuclear half-life of $$^{235m}$$U has been reported to vary depending on the chemical environment. In this study, both the half-life and the internal-conversion (IC) electron energy spectrum were measured for $$^{235m}$$U with identical chemical environments for the first time. $$^{235m}$$U oxide and fluoride samples were subjected to these measurements, and clear differences in the half-life and the energy spectrum between these samples were observed. The peaks in the energy spectra were identified with the relativistic density functional theory calculation, and the molecular orbital states of the $$^{235m}$$U oxide and fluoride estimated from the energy spectra and the calculation qualitatively explained the difference in the half-lives between the samples.

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