Brunet, M.*; Podolyk, Zs.*; Berry, T. A.*; Brown, B. A.*; Carroll, R. J.*; Lica, R.*; Sotty, Ch.*; Andreyev, A. N.; Borge, M. J. G.*; Cubiss, J. G.*; et al.
Physical Review C, 103(5), p.054327_1 - 054327_13, 2021/05
The structure of Po populated through the EC/ decay of At is investigated using -ray spectroscopy at the ISOLDE Decay Station. The presented level scheme contains 27 new excited states and 43 new transitions, as well as a further 50 previously observed rays which have been (re)assigned a position. Through the analysis using the shell model calculations approximately half of the -decay strength of At is found to proceed via allowed decay and half via first-forbidden decay. The first-forbidden transitions predominantly populate core excited states at high excitation energies, which is qualitatively understood using shell model considerations.
Carroll, R. J.*; Podolyk, Zs.*; Berry, T.*; Grawe, H.*; Alexander, T.*; Andreyev, A. N.; Ansari, S.*; Borge, M. J. G.*; Brunet, M.*; Creswell, J. R.*; et al.
Physical Review Letters, 125(19), p.192501_1 - 192501_6, 2020/11
The decay of Hg into the one-proton hole, one neutron-particle Tl 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 , quadrant of neutron-rich nuclei. While both negative and positive parity states with spin 0 and 1 are expected within the window, only three negative parity states are populated directly in the decay. The data provide a unique test of the competition between allowed Gamow-Teller and Fermi, and first-forbidden decays, essential for the understanding of the nucleosynthesis of heavy nuclei in the rapid neutron capture process. Furthermore, the observation of the parity changing decay where the daughter state is core excited is unique, and can provide information on mesonic corrections of effective operators.
Berry, T. A.*; Podolyk, Zs.*; Carroll, R. J.*; Lic, R.*; Grawe, H.*; Timofeyuk, N. K.*; Alexander, T.*; Andreyev, A. N.; Ansari, S.*; Borge, M. J. G.*; et al.
Physics Letters B, 793, p.271 - 275, 2019/06
Gamow-Teller decay is forbidden if the number of nodes in the radial wave functions of the initial and final states is different. This = 0 requirement plays a major role in the decay of heavy neutron-rich nuclei, affecting the nucleosynthesis through the increased half-lives of nuclei on the astrophysical -process pathway below both = 50 (for 82) and = 82 (for 126). The level of forbiddenness of the = 1 10 transition has been investigated from the decay of the ground state of Hg into the single-proton-hole nucleus Tl in an experiment at the ISOLDE Decay Station. From statistical observational limits on possible -ray transitions depopulating the 0 state in Tl, an upper limit of 3.910 % was obtained for the probability of this decay, corresponding to log 8.8 within a 95% confidence limit. This is the most stringent test of the = 0 selection rule to date.
Lic, R.*; Rotaru, F.*; Borge, M. J. G.*; Grvy, S.*; Negoita, F.*; Poves, A.*; Sorlin, O.*; Andreyev, A.; Borcea, R.*; Costache, C.*; et al.
Physical Review C, 95(2), p.021301_1 - 021301_6, 2017/02
The decay of Mg was used to study the Al nucleus through spectroscopy at the Isotope Separator On-Line facility of CERN. Previous studies identified two -decaying states in Al having spin-parity assignments =4 dominated by the normal configuration (d5/2) (f7/2) and = 1 by the intruder configuration (d5/2) (d3/2)(f7/2). Their unknown ordering and relative energy have been the subject of debate for the placement of Al inside or outside the = 20 "island of inversion". We report here that the 1 intruder lies only 46.6 keV above the 4 ground state. In addition, a new half-life of =44.9(4)ms, that is twice as long as thepreviously measured 20(10) ms, has been determined for Mg. Large-scale shell-model calculations with the recently developed SDPF-U-MIX interaction are compared with the new data and used to interpret the mechanisms at play at the very border of the = 20 island of inversion.
Lund, M. V.*; Andreyev, A.; Borge, M. J. G.*; Cederkll, J.*; De Witte, H.*; Fraile, L. M.*; Fynbo, H. O. U.*; Greenlees, P. T.*; Harkness-Brennan, L. J.*; Howard, A. M.*; et al.
European Physical Journal A, 52(10), p.304_1 - 304_14, 2016/10
Beta-delayed proton emission from Mg has been measured at ISOLDE, CERN, with the ISOLDE Decay Station setup including both charged-particle and -ray detection capabilities. A total of 27 delayed proton branches were measured including seven so far unobserved. An updated decay scheme, including three new resonances above the proton separation energy in Na and more precise resonance energies, is presented. Beta-decay feeding to two resonances above the Isobaric Analogue State in Na is observed. This may allow studies of the 4032.9(2.4) keV resonance in Ne through the beta decay of Mg, which is important for the astrophysically relevant reaction O(,)Ne. Beta-delayed protons were used to obtain a more precise value for the half-life of Mg, 91.4(1.0) ms.
Lic, R.*; Mach, H.*; Fraile, L. M.*; Gargano, A.*; Borge, M. J. G.*; Mrginean, N.*; Sotty, C. O.*; Vedia, V.*; Andreyev, A.; Benzoni, G.*; et al.
Physical Review C, 93(4), p.044303_1 - 044303_7, 2016/04
The levels in Sn populated from the decay of In isomers were investigated at the ISOLDE facility of CERN using the newly commissioned ISOLDE Decay Station. The lowest 1/2 state and the 3/2 ground state in Sn are expected to have configurations dominated by the neutron (=0) and (=2) single-particle states, respectively. Consequently, these states should be connected by a somewhat slow -forbidden transition. Using fast-timing spectroscopy we have measured the half-life of the 1/2 315.3-keV state, = 19(10) ps, which corresponds to a moderately fast transition. Shell-model calculations using the CD-Bonn effective interaction, with standard effective charges and factors, predict a 4-ns half-life for this level. We can reconcile the shell-model calculations to the measured value by the renormalization of the effective operator for neutron holes.
Estvez Aguado, M. E.*; Algora, A.*; Agramunt, J.*; Rubio, B.*; Tain, J. L.*; Jordn, D.*; Fraile, L. M.*; Gelletly, W.*; Frank, A.*; Csatls, M.*; et al.
Physical Review C, 92(4), p.044321_1 - 044321_8, 2015/10
The decay of Pb has been studied using the total absorption technique at the ISOLDE (CERN) facility. The -decay strength deduced from the measurements, combined with QRPA theoretical calculations, allow us to infer that the ground states of the Pb isotopes are spherical. These results represent the first application of the shape determination method using the total absorption technique for heavy nuclei and in a region where there is considerable interest in nuclear shapes and shape effects.
Sambi, S.*; Raabe, R.*; Borge, M. J. G.*; Caamano, M.*; Damoy, S.*; Fernndez-Domnguez, B.*; Flavigny, F.*; Fynbo, H.*; Gibelin, J.*; Grinyer, G. F.*; et al.
European Physical Journal A, 51(3), p.25_1 - 25_7, 2015/03
In a proof-of-principle experiment, the Maya active target detector was employed to study the C(p,p) resonant elastic scattering reaction in inverse kinematics. The excitation energy region from 0 to 3 MeV above the proton-breakup threshold in N was investigated in a single experiment. The excitation spectrum of N was fitted using R-matrix formalism. The level parameters extracted are in good agreement with previous studies. The active target proved its potential for the study of resonant elastic scattering in inverse kinematics with radioactive beams, when detection efficiency is of primary importance.