First observation of a shape isomer and a low-lying strongly-coupled prolate band in neutron-deficient semi-magic Pb
Zhang, W. Q.*; Andreyev, A. N.; Liu, Z.*; Seweryniak, D.*; Huang, H.*; Li, Z. H.*; Li, J. G.*; Guo, C. Y.*; 他34名*
Zhang, W. Q.*; Andreyev, A. N.; Liu, Z.*; Seweryniak, D.*; Huang, H.*; Li, Z. H.*; Li, J. G.*; Guo, C. Y.*; 34 of others*
Prompt and delayed -ray spectroscopy of the neutron-deficient, semi-magic isotope Pb has been performed at the Argonne Gas-Filled Analyzer. A new 5.15(15)-s isomeric state at only 308 keV above the spherical 3/2 ground state is identified and classified as a shape isomer. A strongly-coupled band is observed on top of the isomer, which is nearly identical to the one built on the prolate 7/2 Nilsson state in the isotone Hg. Based on this similarity and on the result of the potential-energy surface calculations, the new isomer in Pb is proposed to originate from the same configuration. The retarded character of the 308-keV transition can be well explained by the significant difference between the prolate parent and spherical daughter configurations, leading to the shape isomerism. The combined results of the present work and the previous -decay and laser spectroscopy studies present evidence for triple shape coexistence at low energy in the negative-parity configurations of Pb, which is well reproduced by the potential-energy surface calculations.