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First spectroscopic study of odd-odd $$^{78}$$Cu

Pedersen, L. G.*; Sahin, E.*; G$"o$rgen, A.*; Bello Garrote, F. L.*; Tsunoda, Yusuke*; Otsuka, Takaharu*; Niikura, Megumi*; Orlandi, R.  ; 59 of others*

Nuclei in the vicinity of $$^{78}$$Ni ($$Z$$=28, $$N$$=50) are important benchmarks to study the evolution of shell structure far from stability. Excited states in $$^{78}$$Cu were observed for the first time following the $$beta$$-decay of $$^{78}$$Ni, which was produced by in-flight fission of $$^{238}$$U. Using $$gamma$$-ray coincidences, a level scheme comprising eight excited states was built. Using the observed $$beta$$ feeding and the $$gamma$$-decay properties of the excited states, spin was tentatively assigned to 5 new states. In addition to the $$gamma$$-decaying states, an isomeric state with a lifetime of 3.8(4) ms was found to decay by internal conversion. By comparing the results with large scale shell model calculations, quantitative information about the proton-neutron interaction outside the doubly magic $$^{78}$$Ni core was obtained.



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