First observation of excited states in the 111Tc nucleus --A new region of deformation at 40 ⩽ Z ⩽ 46, N ≥ 68?
Faculty of Physics, Warsaw University, ul. Hoża 69, 00-681, Warsaw, Poland
2 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, M13 9PL, Manchester, UK
3 Argonne National Laboratory, 60439, Argonne, IL, USA
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Accepted: 2 March 2005
Published online: 17 March 2005
The 111Tc nucleus, populated in the spontaneous fission of 248Cm, was studied by means of prompt γ-ray spectroscopy using the EUROGAM2 array. Excited states in 111Tc were observed for the first time. Systematics of energy levels in odd-A Tc isotopes, obtained in our study of 107Tc and 109Tc provide a reliable spin and parity assignment I = 5/2+ to the head of the new band in 111Tc, interpreted as the π5/2+ orbital originating from the proton g 9/2 shell. This level is most likely the ground state. Therefore, the (9/2+,7/2+) spin-parity assignment to the ground state of 111Tc, reported previously, is unlikely. Properties of the yrast band in 111Tc suggest prolate deformation of this band. There are hints that the deformation of 111Tc is larger than that of 109Tc, possibly due to admixtures of oblate-deformed configurations, which lower their excitation energy with increasing neutron number.
PACS: 21.10.-k Properties of nuclei; nuclear energy levels – / 23.20.-g Electromagnetic transitions – / 25.85.Ca Spontaneous fission – / 27.60.+j 90 ⩽ A ⩽ 149 –
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