Competition between allowed and first-forbidden β decays of at 208 and expansion of the Po 208 level scheme

M. Brunet*, Zs Podolyák, T. A. Berry, B. A. Brown, R. J. Carroll, R. Lica, Ch Sotty, A. N. Andreyev, M. J.G. Borge, J. G. Cubiss, L. M. Fraile, H. O.U. Fynbo, E. Gamba, P. Greenlees, L. J. Harkness-Brennan, M. Huyse, D. S. Judson, J. Konki, J. Kurcewicz, I. LazarusM. Madurga, N. Marginean, R. Marginean, I. Marroquin, C. Mihai, E. Nácher, A. Negret, S. Pascu, R. D. Page, A. Perea, J. Phrompao, M. Piersa, V. Pucknell, P. Rahkila, E. Rapisarda, P. H. Regan, F. Rotaru, M. Rudigier, C. M. Shand, R. Shearman, E. C. Simpson, T. Stora, O. Tengblad, P. Van Duppen, V. Vedia, S. Vinals, R. Wadsworth, N. Warr, H. De Witte

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The structure of Po208 populated through the EC/β+ decay of At208 is investigated using γ-ray spectroscopy at the ISOLDE Decay Station. The presented level scheme contains 27 new excited states and 43 new transitions, as well as a further 50 previously observed γ rays which have been (re)assigned a position. The level scheme is compared to shell model calculations. Through this analysis approximately half of the β-decay strength of At208 is found to proceed via allowed decay and half via first-forbidden decay. The first-forbidden transitions predominantly populate core excited states at high excitation energies, which is qualitatively understood using shell model considerations. This mass region provides an excellent testing ground for the competition between allowed and first-forbidden β-decay calculations, important for the detailed understanding of the nucleosynthesis of heavy elements.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054327
Number of pages13
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2021

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Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank the operators of the ISOLDE facility for providing the beam for this experiment. The research leading to these results received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 654002. Support from the European Union Seventh Framework through ENSAR Contract No. 262010, as well as the Science and Technology Facilities Council (U.K.) through Grants No. ST/P005314/1, No. ST/L005743/1, No. ST/J000051/1, No. ST/L005670/1, and No. ST/P004598/1, the German BMBF under Contract No. 05P18PKCIA and “Verbundprojekt 05P2018” as well as Spanish MINECO Grants No. FPA2015-65035-P and No. FPA2017-87568-P, FWOVlaanderen (Belgium), GOA/2015/010 (BOF KU Leuven), the Excellence of Science Programme (EOS-FWO), the Interuniversity Attraction Poles Programme initiated by the Belgian Science Policy Office (BriX network P7/12), the Polish National Science Centre under Contracts No. UMO-2015/18/M/ST2/00523 and No. UMO-2019/33/N/ST2/03023, National Science Foundation (U.S.) Grant No. PHY1811855, and the Romanian IFA project CERN-RO/ISOLDE is acknowledged. P.H.R. acknowledges support from the U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy via the National Measurement Office.

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