Level lifetimes in 94Zr from DSAM measurements following inelastic neutron scattering

S. W. Yates, E. E. Peters, A. Chakraborty, B. P. Crider, M. T. McEllistrem, F. M. Prados-Estévez, J. R. Vanhoy

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The lifetime of the second 2+ state in 94Zr was redetermined by the Doppler-shift attenuation method following inelastic neutron scattering (DSAM-INS) from metallic Zr and ZrO2 samples of natural isotopic abundance. The new value for the level lifetime differs significantly from the previously published value, with the new lifetime found to be roughly twice that value. A reanalysis of the original γ-ray data from the enriched 94ZrO2 sample failed to expose the source of this discrepancy; however, powder X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy performed on each scattering sample, including the enriched sample used previously, provide clues to an explanation and reveal the role of the chemical properties of the sample material in DSAM-INS lifetime determinations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number02111
JournalEPJ Web of Conferences
StatePublished - 2014
Event2013 International Nuclear Physics Conference, INPC 2013 - Firenze, Italy
Duration: Jun 2 2013Jun 7 2013

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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