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Title: Electron capture decay of 58-min U-229(92) and levels in Pa-229(91)

Electron capture decay of U-229 is investigated by measuring the gamma-ray and conversion electron spectra of mass-separated and unseparated U-229 sources with high-resolution germanium and silicon detectors, respectively. Gamma-gamma coincidence measurements are also performed using germanium detectors. These studies provide level energies and level ordering in Pa-229. Single-particle assignments are given to these levels which are in agreement with the systematics in this region and also with theory. In a previous study, we report the observation of a 5/2(+/-) parity doublet in the Pa-229 ground state, which is a signature of octupole deformation. The present analysis of the data still shows a splitting of 60 +/- 50 eV, but with this large uncertainty the existence of the doublet is not certain.
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Journal Name: Physical Review. C, Nuclear Physics; Journal Volume: 92; Journal Issue: 2
American Physical Society (APS)
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Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science - Office of Nuclear Physics
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United States