Evidence for enhanced neutron-proton correlations from the level structure of the N=Z+1 nucleus 87Tc

X. Liu*, B. Cederwall, C. Qi, R. A. Wyss, Aktas, A. Ertoprak, W. Zhang, E. Clément, G. De France, D. Ralet, A. Gadea, A. Goasduff, G. Jaworski, I. Kuti, B. M. Nyakó, J. Nyberg, M. Palacz, R. Wadsworth, J. J. Valiente-Dobón, H. Al-AzriA. Ataç Nyberg, T. Bäck, G. De Angelis, M. Doncel, J. Dudouet, A. Gottardo, M. Jurado, J. Ljungvall, D. Mengoni, D. R. Napoli, C. M. Petrache, D. Sohler, J. Timár, D. Barrientos, P. Bednarczyk, G. Benzoni, B. Birkenbach, A. J. Boston, H. C. Boston, I. Burrows, L. Charles, M. Ciemala, F. C.L. Crespi, D. M. Cullen, P. Désesquelles, C. Domingo-Pardo, J. Eberth, N. Erduran, S. Ertürk, V. González, J. Goupil, H. Hess, T. Huyuk, A. Jungclaus, W. Korten, A. Lemasson, S. Leoni, A. Maj, R. Menegazzo, B. Million, R. M. Perez-Vidal, Zs Podolyàk, A. Pullia, F. Recchia, P. Reiter, F. Saillant, M. D. Salsac, E. Sanchis, J. Simpson, O. Stezowski, C. Theisen, M. Zielińska

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The low-lying excited states in the neutron-deficient N=Z+1 nucleus Tc444387 have been studied via the fusion-evaporation reaction Fe54(Ar36, 2n1p)Tc87 at the Grand Accélérateur National d'Ions Lourds (GANIL), France. The AGATA spectrometer was used in conjunction with the auxiliary NEDA, Neutron Wall, and DIAMANT detector arrays to measure coincident prompt γ rays, neutrons, and charged particles emitted in the reaction. A level scheme of Tc87 from the (9/2g.s.+) state to the (33/21+) state was established based on six mutually coincident γ-ray transitions. The constructed level structure exhibits a rotational behavior with a sharp backbending at ω≈0.50 MeV. A decrease in alignment frequency and increase in alignment sharpness in the odd-mass isotonic chains around N=44 is proposed as an effect of the enhanced isoscalar neutron-proton interactions in odd-mass nuclei when approaching the N=Z line.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberL021302
JournalPhysical Review C
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2021

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Acknowledgments. This work was supported by the Swedish Research Council under Grants No. 621-2014-5558 and No. 2019-04880, the EU 7th Framework Programme, Integrating Activities Transnational Access, Project No. 262010 ENSAR, the UK STFC under Grants No. ST/L005727/1 and No. ST/P003885/1, the Polish National Science Centre, Grants No. 2017/25/B/ST2/01569, No. COPIN-INFN, No. COPIN-IN2P3, and No. COPIGAL projects, the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund of Hungary (Project No. K128947), the European Regional Development Fund (Contract No. GINOP-2.3.3-15-2016-00034), the Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Office - NKFIH, Contract No. PD124717, the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación and Generalitat Valenciana, Spanish, under Grants No. SEV-2014-0398, No. FPA2017-84756-C4, and No. PROMETEO/2019/005 and by the EU FEDER funds. X.L. gratefully acknowledges support from the China Scholarship Council, Grant No. 201700260183 for his stay in Sweden. We thank the GANIL staff for excellent technical support and operation.

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