Stability of the heaviest elements: <i>K</i> isomer in <SUP>250</SUP>No

Kallunkathariyil, J, Sulignano, B, Greenlees, PT, Khuyagbaatar, J, Theisen, Ch, Auranen, K, Badran, H, Bisso, F, Brionnet, P, Briselet, R
et al (show 32 more authors) (2020) Stability of the heaviest elements: <i>K</i> isomer in <SUP>250</SUP>No. PHYSICAL REVIEW C, 101 (1). 011301-.

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Decay spectroscopy of No250 has been performed using digital electronics and pulse-shape analysis of the fast nuclear decays for the first time. Previous studies of No250 reported two distinct fission decay lifetimes, related to the direct fission of the ground state and to the decay of an isomeric state but without the possibility to determine if the isomeric state decayed directly via fission or via internal electromagnetic transitions to the ground state. The data obtained in the current experiment allowed the puzzle to finally be resolved, attributing the shorter half-life of t1/2=3.8±0.3μs to the ground state and the longer half-life t1/2=34.9-3.2+3.9μs to the decay of an isomeric state. No250 becomes, thus, one of a very few examples of very heavy nuclei with an isomeric state living considerably longer than its ground state. This phenomenon has important consequences for the nuclear-structure models aiming to determine the borders of the island of stability of superheavy elements.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 5106 Nuclear and Plasma Physics, 5110 Synchrotrons and Accelerators, 51 Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2020 11:27
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2024 12:01
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.101.011301
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