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TitleResults from the First {sup 249}Cf + {sup 48}Ca Experiment
Author(s)Oganessian, Y. T.; Utyonkov, V. K.; Lobanov, Y. V.; Abdullin, F. S.; Polyakov, A. N.; Shirokovsky, I. V.; Tsyganov, Y. S.; Mezentsev, A. N.; Iliev, S.; Subbotin, V. G.; Sukhov, A. M.; Ivanov, O. V.; Voinov, A. A.; Subotic, K.; Zagrebaev, V. I.; Itkis, M. G.; Moody, K. J.; Wild, J. F.; Stoyer, M. A.; Stoyer, N. J.; Laue, C. A.; Shaughnessy, D. A.; Patin, J. B.; Lougheed, R. W.
Publication DateFebruary 03, 2003
Report NumberUCRL-ID-151619
Unique IdentifierACC0473
Other NumbersOSTI ID: 15007307
Research OrgLawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), CA (US)
Contract NoW-7405-ENG-48
Sponsoring OrgUS Department of Energy (DOE)
Subject43 Particle Accelerators; 22 General Studies of Nuclear Reactors; Chains; Cyclotrons; Decay; Dubna; Element 118; Excitation; Fission Fragments; Irradiation; Isotopes; Kinetics; Nuclear Models; Nuclei; Spontaneous Fission; Synthesis; Targets
AbstractThe present paper reports the results of an attempt aimed at the synthesis of element 118 in the reaction {sup 249}Cf({sup 48}Ca,3n){sup 294}118. The experiment was performed employing the Dubna Gas-filled Recoil Separator and the U400 heavy-ion cyclotron at FLNR, JINR, Dubna. In the course of a 2300-hour irradiation of an enriched {sup 249}Cf target (0.23 mg/cm{sup 2}) with a beam of 245-MeV {sup 48}Ca ions, we accumulated a total beam dose of 2.5 x 10{sup 19} ions. We detected two events that may be attributed to the formation and decay of nuclei with Z=118. For one event, we observed a decay chain of two correlated {alpha}-decays with corresponding energies and correlation times of E{sub {alpha}1} = 11.65 {+-} 0.06 MeV, t{sub {alpha}1} = 2.55 ms and E{sub {alpha}2} = 10.71 {+-} 0.17 MeV, t{sub {alpha}2} = 42.1 ms and, finally, a spontaneous fission with the sum of the kinetic energies of the fission fragments E{sub tot} = 207 MeV (TKE {approx} 230 MeV) and t{sub SF} = 0.52 s. In the second event chain, the recoil nucleus decayed into two fission fragments with E{sub tot} = 223 MeV (TKE {approx} 245 MeV) 3.16 ms later, without intervening {alpha} decays. The probabilities that these events were caused by the chance correlations of unrelated signals are negligible. Both events were observed at an excitation energy of the compound nucleus {sup 297}118 of E* = 30.0 {+-} 2.4 MeV, close to the expected maximum of the 3n-evaporation channel. The relationship between the decay energy Q{sub {alpha}} and decay period T{sub {alpha}} shows that sequential {alpha}-transitions in the first event correspond to the decay chain with Z = 118{_}116{_}114. Decay characteristics of the newly observed nuclides are compared with radioactive decay properties of the even-even isotopes with Z = 116, 114 and 112 previously produced in the reactions {sup 244}Pu, {sup 248}Cm + {sup 48}Ca and calculations made in various nuclear models.
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