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Competition between allowed and first-forbidden $$beta$$ decay; The Case of $$^{208}$$Hg $$rightarrow$$ $$^{208}$$Tl

Carroll, R. J.*; Podoly$'a$k, Zs.*; Berry, T.*; Grawe, H.*; Alexander, T.*; Andreyev, A. N.; Ansari, S.*; Borge, M. J. G.*; Brunet, M.*; Creswell, J. R.*; Fraile, L. M.*; Fahlander, C.*; 52 of others*

The $$beta$$ decay of $$^{208}$$Hg into the one-proton hole, one neutron-particle $$^{208}_{81}$$Tl$$_{127}$$ nucleus was investigated at CERN-ISOLDE. Shell-model calculations describe well the level scheme deduced, validating the proton-neutron interactions used, with implications for the whole of the $$N > 126$$, $$Z < 82$$ quadrant of neutron-rich nuclei. While both negative and positive parity states with spin 0 and 1 are expected within the $$Q_{beta}$$ window, only three negative parity states are populated directly in the $$beta$$ decay. The data provide a unique test of the competition between allowed Gamow-Teller and Fermi, and first-forbidden $$beta$$ decays, essential for the understanding of the nucleosynthesis of heavy nuclei in the rapid neutron capture process. Furthermore, the observation of the parity changing $$0^{+} rightarrow 0^{-} beta$$ decay where the daughter state is core excited is unique, and can provide information on mesonic corrections of effective operators.



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