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Search for a 2-quasiparticle high-$$K$$ isomer in $$^{256}$$Rf

Robinson, A. P.*; Khoo, T. L.*; Seweryniak, D.*; Ahmad, I.*; Asai, Masato; Back, B. B.*; Carpenter, M. P.*; Chowdhury, P.*; Davids, C. N.*; Greene, J.*; et al.

Physical Review C, 83(6), p.064311_1 - 064311_7, 2011/06

 Times Cited Count:22 Percentile:16.44(Physics, Nuclear)

We have identified an isomer with a half-life of 17 $$mu$$s in $$^{256}$$Rf through a calorimetric conversion electron measurement tagged with implanted $$^{256}$$Rf nuclei using the fragment mass analyzer at Argonne National Laboratory. The low population yield for this isomer suggests that this isomer should not be a 2-quasiparticle high-$$K$$ isomer which is typically observed in the N = 152 isotones, but should be a 4-quasiparticle one. Possible reasons of the non-observation of a 2-quasiparticle isomer are this isomer decays by fission with a half-life similar to that of the ground state of $$^{256}$$Rf. Another possibility, that there is no 2-quasiparticle isomer at all, would imply an abrupt termination of axially symmetric deformed shape at Z=104.

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Bridging the nuclear structure gap between stable and super heavy nuclei

Seweryniak, D.*; Khoo, T. L.*; Ahmad, I.*; Kondev, F. G.*; Robinson, A.*; Tandel, S. K.*; Asai, Masato; Back, B. B.*; Carpenter, M. P.*; Chowdhury, P.*; et al.

Nuclear Physics A, 834(1-4), p.357c - 361c, 2010/03

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:45.82(Physics, Nuclear)

Experimental data on single-particle energies in nuclei around Z=100 and N=152 play an important role to test validity of theoretical predictions for shell structure of superheavy nuclei. We found high-K two-quasiparticle isomers in $$^{252}$$No and $$^{254}$$No, and evaluated energies of proton single-particle orbitals around Z=100. We also found a new high-K three quasiparticle isomer in $$^{257}$$Rf. Energies of neutron single-particle orbitals were also evaluated from experimental data of the $$alpha$$ decay of $$^{257}$$Rf. Comparisons between the present experimental data and various theoretical calculations for the proton single-particle orbitals indicate that the calculation by using the Woods-Saxon potential gives the best agreement with the data.

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Spectroscopy of $$^{257}$$Rf

Qian, J.*; Heinz, A.*; Khoo, T. L.*; Janssens, R. V. F.*; Peterson, D.*; Seweryniak, D.*; Ahmad, I.*; Asai, Masato; Back, B. B.*; Carpenter, M. P.*; et al.

Physical Review C, 79(6), p.064319_1 - 064319_13, 2009/06

 Times Cited Count:26 Percentile:14.46(Physics, Nuclear)

$$alpha$$-, $$gamma$$-, and conversion electron spectroscopy experiments for $$^{257}$$Rf have been performed using Fragment Mass Analyzer at Argonne National Laboratory. A new isomer with a half-life of 160 $$mu$$s has been discovered in $$^{257}$$Rf, and it is interpreted as a three-quasiparticle high-$$K$$ isomer. Neutron configurations of one-quasiparticle states in $$^{253}$$No, the $$alpha$$-decay daughter of $$^{257}$$Rf, have been assigned on the basis of $$alpha$$-decay hindrance factors. Excitation energies of the 1/2$$^{+}$$[620] states in $$N$$=151 isotones indicate that the deformed shell gap at $$N$$=152 increases with the atomic number.

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$$K^{pi}=8^{-}$$ isomers and $$K^{pi}=2^{-}$$ octupole vibrations in $$N=150$$ shell-stabilized isotones

Robinson, A. P.*; Khoo, T. L.*; Ahmad, I.*; Tandel, S. K.*; Kondev, F. G.*; Nakatsukasa, Takashi*; Seweryniak, D.*; Asai, Masato; Back, B. B.*; Carpenter, M. P.*; et al.

Physical Review C, 78(3), p.034308_1 - 034308_6, 2008/09

 Times Cited Count:40 Percentile:8.94(Physics, Nuclear)

Isomers have been identified in $$^{246}$$Cm and $$^{252}$$No with quantum number $$K^{pi}=8^{-}$$, which decay through $$K^{pi}=2^{-}$$ rotational bands built on octupole vibrational states. For $$N=150$$ isotones with atomic number $$Z=94$$$$sim$$102, the $$K^{pi}=8^{-}$$ and 2$$^{-}$$ states have remarkably stable energies, indicating neutron excitations. An exception is a singular minimum in the 2$$^{-}$$ energy at $$^{246}$$Cm, due to the additional role of proton configurations.

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Model testing using data on $$^{131}$$I released from Hanford

Thiessen, K. M.*; Napier, B. A.*; Filistovic, V.*; Homma, Toshimitsu; Kany$'a$r, B*; Krajewski, P.*; Kryshev, A. I.*; Nedveckaite, T.*; N$'e$nyei, A.*; Sazykina, T. G.*; et al.

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 84(2), p.211 - 224, 2005/00

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:79.03(Environmental Sciences)

The Hanford test scenario described an accidental release of $$^{131}$$I to the environment from the Hanford Purex Chemical Separations Plant in September 1963. Based on monitoring data collected after the release, this scenario was used by the Dose Reconstruction Working Group of BIOMASS. Predicted doses to actual children with high milk consumption ranged from 0.006 to 2 mSv. The predicted deposition at any given location varied among participants by a factor of 5 to 80. Predicted ingestion doses for children, normalized for predicted deposition, varied by about a factor of 10. The exercise provided an opportunity for comparison of assessment methods and conceptual approaches, testing model predictions against measurements, and identifying the most important contributors to uncertainty in the assessment result. Key factors affecting predictions included the approach to handling incomplete data, interpretation of input information, selection of parameter values, adjustment of models for sitespecific conditions, and treatment of uncertainties.

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Model testing using data on $$^{137}$$Cs from Chernobyl fallout in the Iput River catchment area of Russia

Thiessen, K. M.*; Sazykina, T. G.*; Apostoaei, A. I.*; Balonov, M. I.*; Crawford, J.*; Domel, R.*; Fesenko, S.*; Filistovic, V.*; Galeriu, D.*; Homma, Toshimitsu; et al.

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 84(2), p.225 - 244, 2005/00

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:85(Environmental Sciences)

Data collected following the Chernobyl accident in 1986 have provided a unique opportunity to test the reliability of computer models for contamination of terrestrial and aquatic environments. The Iput River scenario was used by the Dose Reconstruction Working Group of BIOMASS. The test area was one of the most highly contaminated areas in Russia following the accident, with an average contamination density of $$^{137}$$Cs of 800, 000 Bq m$$^{-2}$$ and localized contamination up to 1,500,000 Bq m$$^{-2}$$, and a variety of countermeasures that were implemented in the test area had to be considered in the modelling exercise. Difficulties encountered during the exercise included averaging of data to account for uneven contamination of the test area, simulating the downward migration and decrease in bioavailability of $$^{137}$$Cs in soil, and modelling the effectiveness of countermeasures. The accuracy of model predictions is dependent at least in part on the experience and judgment of the participant in interpretation of input information, selection of parameter values, and treatment of uncertainties.

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Model testing using data from accidental released of I-131 and Cs-137

Thiessen, K. M.*; Napier, B. A.*; Filistovic, V.*; Homma, Toshimitsu; Kany$'a$r, B*; Krajewski, P.*; Kryshev, A. I.*; Nedveckaite, T.*; N$'e$nyei, A.*; Sazykina, T. G.*; et al.

Proceedings from the International Conference on Radioactivity in the Environment, p.313 - 316, 2002/09

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Model testing using data on $$^{137}$$Cs from Chernobyl fallout in the Iput River catchment area of Russia

Thiessen, K. M.*; Sazykina, T. G.*; Apostoaei, A. I.*; Balonov, M.*; Crawford, J.*; Domel, R.*; Fesenko, S.*; Filistovic, V.*; Galeriu, D.*; Homma, Toshimitsu; et al.

Proceedings from the International Conference on Radioactivity in the Environment, p.317 - 320, 2002/09

no abstracts in English

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