Nuclear structure of the closed subshell nucleus 90Zr studied with the (n,n′ γ) reaction

P. E. Garrett, W. Younes, J. A. Backer, L. A. Bernstein, E. M. Baum, D. P. DiPrete, R. A. Gatenby, E. L. Johnson, C. A. McGrath, S. W. Yates, M. Devlin, N. Fotiades, R. O. Nelson, B. A. Brown

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States in 90Zr have been observed with the (n,n′ γ) reaction using both spallation and monoenergetic accelerator-produced neutrons. A scheme comprised of 81 levels and 157 transitions was constructed concentrating on levels below 5.6 MeV in excitation energy. Spins have been determined by considering data from all experimental studies performed for 90Zr. Lifetimes have been deduced using the Doppler-shift attenuation method for many of the states, and transition rates have been obtained. A spherical shell-model interpretation in terms of particle-hole excitations assuming a 88Sr closed core is given. In some cases, enhancements in B(M1) and B(E2) values are observed that cannot be explained by assuming simple particle-hole excitations. Shell-model calculations using an extended fpg-shell-model space reproduce the spectrum of excited states very well, and the gross features of the B(M1) and B(E2) transition rates. Transition rates for individual levels show discrepancies between calculations and experimental values.

Original languageEnglish
Article number024312
Pages (from-to)243121-2431221
Number of pages2188101
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2003

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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