α-decay properties of 200,202Fr

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Authors

  • Lars Ghys
  • Andrei N. Andreyev
  • Mark Huyse
  • Piet Van Duppen
  • Stanislav Antalic
  • Anatoly (A.E.) Barzakh
  • L. Capponi
  • Thomas Elias Cocolios
  • Cubiss James G.
  • Xavier Derkx

Institutes & Expert groups

  • University of York
  • ASRC - Advanced Science Research Center - JAEA
  • KUL - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Comenius University Bratislava
  • PNPI - Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute
  • UWS - University of the West of Scotland
  • CERN - Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire
  • University of Manchester
  • LPC - Laboratoire de Physique Corpusculaire de Caen

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Abstract

Background: The neutron-deficient lead region provides a range of nuclear phenomena, including isomerism at low energies. This phenomenon can be studied by α decay because the degree of hindrance of α decay providesinformation on the change in nuclear structure of connected states. Purpose: The aim of this work was to investigate the α-decay properties of 200,202Fr and daughter products. Method: Neutron-deficient francium nuclei are produced at ISOLDE-CERN bombarding a UCx target with 1.4 GeV protons. Surface ionization and mass-separation techniques were employed to provide a pure radioactive ion beam at a radiation-detection setup. Results: Due to the very high statistics and the high beam purity, improved decay data for 202Fr and its daughters were obtained. In particular, this data set allowed us to identify many fine-structure α lines with a relative reduced α-decay width up to five orders of magnitude lower as the strongest ground-to-ground state or isomericto-isomeric state α-decay transition. In addition, several half-life values were extracted with similar or better precision as compared with the literature. Conclusions: The observation of crossover transitions positioned the isomeric high-spin level of 198At at an excitation energy of 265(3) keV. Half-life values of 4.47(5) s and 1.28(10) s were extracted for the ground state and isomeric state of 198At and 52(3) ms for the ground-state decay of 200Fr. Furthermore, α-decay schemes for 202Fr and its daughter 198At could be constructed.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Article number054310
JournalPhysical Review C
Volume100
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • Alpha decay, francium, ISOLDE

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