The population of metastable states as a probe of relativistic-energy fragmentation reactions

Ana M. Denis Bacelar, Alison Bruce, Zs. Podolyak, N. Al-Dahan, M. Gorska, S. Lalkovski, S. Pietri, M.V. Ricciardi, A. Algora, N. Alkhomashi, J. Benlliure, P. Boutachkov, A. Bracco, E. Calore, E. Casarejos, I.J. Cullen, A.Y. Deo, P. Detistov, Zs. Dombradi, C. Domingo-PardoM. Doncel, F. Farinon, G.F. Farrelly, H. Geissel, W Gelletly, J. Gerl, N. Goel, J. Grebosz, R. Hoischen, I. Kojouharov, N. Kurz, S. Leoni, F. Molina, D. Montanari, A.I. Morales, A. Musumarra, D.R. Napoli, R. Nicolini, C. Nociforo, A. Prochazka, W. Prokopowicz, P.H. Regan, B. Rubio, D. Rudolph, K.H. Schmidt, H. Schaffner, S.J. Steer, K. Steiger, P. Strmen, T.P.D. Swan

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Isomeric ratios have been measured for high-spin states in Po84198,200,206,208, At85208,209,210,211, Rn86210,211,212,213,214, Fr87208,211,212,213,214, Ra88210,211,212,214,215, and Ac89215 following the projectile fragmentation of a 1 A GeV 238U beam by a 9Be target at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung. The fragments were separated in the fragment separator (FRS) and identified by means of energy loss and time-of-flight techniques. They were brought to rest at the centre of the RISING gamma-ray detector array and intensities of gamma rays emitted in the decay of isomeric states with half-lives between 100 ns and 40 μs and spin values up to 55/2 ℏ55/2 ℏ were used to obtain the corresponding isomeric ratios. The data are compared to theoretical isomeric ratios calculated in the framework of the abrasion-ablation model. Large experimental enhancements are obtained for high-spin isomers in comparison to expected values.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-306
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number4-5
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2013


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