Fast-timing measurements in the ground-state band of Pd 114

E. R. Gamba, A. M. Bruce, S. Lalkovski, M. Rudigier, S. Bottoni, M. P. Carpenter, S. Zhu, J. T. Anderson, A. D. Ayangeakaa, T. A. Berry, I. Burrows, M. Carmona Gallardo, R. J. Carroll, P. Copp, D. M. Cullen, T. Daniel, G. Fernández Martínez, J. P. Greene, L. A. Gurgi, D. J. HartleyR. Ilieva, S. Ilieva, F. G. Kondev, T. Kröll, G. J. Lane, T. Lauritsen, I. Lazarus, G. Lotay, C. R. Niţǎ, Zs Podolyák, V. Pucknell, M. Reed, P. H. Regan, J. Rohrer, J. Sethi, D. Seweryniak, C. M. Shand, J. Simpson, M. Smoleń, E. A. Stefanova, V. Vedia, O. Yordanov

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Using a hybrid Gammasphere array coupled to 25 LaBr3(Ce) detectors, the lifetimes of the first three levels of the yrast band in Pd114, populated via Cf252 decay, have been measured. The measured lifetimes are τ2+=103(10)ps, τ4+=22(13)ps, and τ6+≤10ps for the 21+, 41+, and 61+ levels, respectively. Palladium-114 was predicted to be the most deformed isotope of its isotopic chain, and spectroscopic studies have suggested it might also be a candidate nucleus for low-spin stable triaxiality. From the lifetimes measured in this work, reduced transition probabilities B(E2;J→J-2) are calculated and compared with interacting boson model, projected shell model, and collective model calculations from the literature. The experimental ratio RB(E2)=B(E2;41+→21+)/B(E2;21+→01+)=0.80(42) is measured for the first time in Pd114 and compared with the known values RB(E2) in the palladium isotopic chain: the systematics suggest that, for N=68, a transition from γ-unstable to a more rigid γ-deformed nuclear shape occurs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number044309
JournalPhysical Review C
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2019


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