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Title: Shell-model states with seniority ν = 3 , 5, and 7 in odd- A neutron-rich Sn isotopes

Excited states with seniority ν=3, 5, and 7 have been investigated in odd neutron-rich Sn119,121,123,125 isotopes produced by fusion-fission of 6.9-MeV/ACa48 beams with Pb208 and U238 targets and by fission of a U238 target bombarded with 6.7-MeV/ANi64 beams. Level schemes have been established up to high spin and excitation energies in excess of 6 MeV, based on multifold gamma-ray coincidence relationships measured with the Gammasphere array. In the analysis, the presence of isomers was exploited to identify gamma rays and propose transition placements using prompt and delayed coincidence techniques. Gamma decays of the known 27/2- isomers were expanded by identifying new deexcitation paths feeding 23/2+ long-lived states and 21/2+ levels. Competing branches in the decay of 23/2- states toward two 19/2- levels were delineated as well. In Sn119, a new 23/2+ isomer was identified, while a similar 23/2+ long-lived state, proposed earlier in Sn121, has now been confirmed. In both cases, isomeric half-lives were determined with good precision. In the range of ν=3 excitations, the observed transitions linking the various states enabled one to propose with confidence spin-parity assignments for all the observed states. Above the 27/2- isomers, an elaborate structure of negative-parity levels was established reaching the (39/2-), ν=7more » states, with tentative spin-parity assignments based on the observed deexcitation paths as well as on general yrast population arguments. In all the isotopes under investigation, strongly populated sequences of positive-parity (35/2+), (31/2+), and (27/2+) states were established, feeding the 23/2+ isomers via cascades of three transitions. In the Sn121,123 isotopes, these sequences also enabled the delineation of higher-lying levels, up to (43/2+) states. In Sn123, a short half-life was determined for the (35/2+) state. Shell-model calculations were carried out for all the odd Sn isotopes, from Sn129 down to Sn119, and the results were found to reproduce the experimental level energies rather well. Nevertheless, some systematic deviations between calculated and experimental energies, especially for positive-parity states, point to the need to improve some of the two-body interactions used in calculations. The computed wave-function amplitudes provide for a fairly transparent interpretation of the observed level structures. The systematics of level energies over the broad A = 117–129 range of Sn isotopes displays a smooth decrease with mass A, and the observed regularity confirms most of the proposed spin-parity assignments. The systematics of the B(E2) reduced transition probabilities extracted for the 23/2+ and 19/2+ isomers is discussed with an emphasis on the close similarity of the observed A dependence with that of the E2 transition rates established for other ν=2, 3, and 4 isomers in the Sn isotopic chain.« less
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  1. Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS), Sopot (Poland)
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  3. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States)
  4. Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States)
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Journal Name: Physical Review C; Journal Volume: 93; Journal Issue: 1
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Nuclear Physics (NP) (SC-26); Polish National Science Centre (NCN)
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United States