High-spin negative parity states in doubly even Hg, Pt and Os nuclei

S. W. Yates, J. C. Cunnane, R. Hochel, P. J. Daly

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A systematic study of the level structure of 200Hg, 198Hg, 196Hg, 194Pt, 192Pt, 190Pt, 188Os, 186Os and 184Os has been performed by means of (α, 2nγ) and (p, 2nγ) in-beam γ-ray spectroscopy. Much new information has been obtained about the individual level spectra, and arguments based on level energy and population intensity systematics have been used to trace the behaviour of interesting spectral features through this series of transitional nuclei. Of particular interest is a 5-, 7-, 9- ... sequence of levels which appears to be a recurring feature in the spectra of the doubly even Pt and Hg nuclei in the mass range A = 190-200. These negative parity levels are connected by enhanced E2 transitions and they are very strongly populated in the de-excitation of the residual nuclei formed in (α, 2n) reactions. It is proposed that the 5-, 7-, 9- ... sequences constitute rotation-aligned bands analogous to the decoupled bands identified by Stephens and co-workers in odd-A transitional nuclei. In the doubly even nuclei, the bands may arise from the coupling of an i 13 2 neutron with a low-j neutron partner (from the p 1 2, p 3 2 and f 5 2 orbitals). Negative parity levels in the Os nuclei are populated much less strongly in the (α, 2nγ) reactions. While 5- levels corresponding to those in the Pt and Hg nuclei appear to be fairly well established in 186Os, 188Os (and 190Os), it is not yet clear whether the 5-, 7-, 9- ... band sequence extends into the Os nuclei.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-332
Number of pages32
JournalNuclear Physics, Section A
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 8 1974

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Funding Information:
t Present address: Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439. tt Present address: Savannah River Laboratory, Aiken, South Carolina 29801. ?tt Work supported by the US Atomic Energy Commission.


  • Nuclear reactions

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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