2023 Impact factor 2.6
Hadrons and Nuclei
Eur. Phys. J. A 5, 43-47

First observation of excited states in 197At: the onset of deformation in neutron-deficient astatine nuclei

M.B. Smith1 - R. Chapman1 - J.F.C. Cocks2 - O. Dorvaux2 - K. Helariutta2 - P.M. Jones2 - R. Julin2 - S. Juutinen2 - H. Kankaanpää2 - H. Kettunen2 - P. Kuusiniemi2 - Y. Le Coz3 - M. Leino2 - D.J. Middleton1 - M. Muikku2 - P. Nieminen2 - P. Rahkila2 - A. Savelius2 - K.-M. Spohr1

1 Department of Electronic Engineering and Physics, University of Paisley, High Street, Paisley PA1 2BE, UK
2 Accelerator Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Jyväskylä, FIN-40351 Jyväskylä, Finland
3 DAPNIA/SPhN CEA-Saclay, France

Received: 8 January 1999 Communicated by B. Herskind

Excited states in the Z = 85 nucleus 197At have been identified for the first time using the recoil-decay-tagging (RDT) technique. The excitation energy of these states is found to be consistent with the systematics of neutron-deficient astatine nuclei and with theoretical calculations indicating that the nucleus may be deformed in its ground state.

23.20.Lv Gamma transitions and level energies - 27.80.+w $190 \leq A \leq 219$

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