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New isomers in $$^{125}$$Pd$$_{79}$$ and $$^{127}$$Pd$$_{81}$$; Competing proton and neutron excitations in neutron-rich palladium nuclides towards the $$N=82$$ shell closure

Watanabe, Hiroshi*; Wang, H. K.*; Lorusso, G.*; Nishimura, Shunji*; Xu, Z. Y.*; Sumikama, Toshiyuki*; Orlandi, R.; 47 of others*

The isotopes $$^{125}$$Pd and $$^{127}$$Pd, respectively with 79 and 81 neutrons, are key isotopes to understand the evolution of the N=82 shell closure below $$^{208}$$Pd. These nuclei were studied at RIBF (RIKEN). New isomeric states with half-lives of 144(4) ns and 39(6) $$mu$$s were assigned spins and parities of (23/2$$^+$$) and (19/2$$^+$$) in $$^{125}$$Pd and $$^{127}$$Pd, respectively. The assignment was carried out based on the results of the $$gamma$$-ray intensity balance analysis and the measured transition strengths with the aid of a shell-model calculation. The isomoer in $$^{125}$$Pd was ascribed predominantly to three neutron-hole excitations in the N=50-82 shell. The 19/2$$^+$$ state in $$^{127}$$Pd is expected to involve the coupling of proton and neutron configurations. The new data will provide important benchmarks for a better understanding of $$r$$-process nucleosynthesis.



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