Rb 9737 60: The cornerstone of the region of deformation around A∼100

C. Sotty, M. Zielińska, G. Georgiev, D. L. Balabanski, A. E. Stuchbery, A. Blazhev, N. Bree, R. Chevrier, S. Das Gupta, J. M. Daugas, T. Davinson, H. De Witte, J. Diriken, L. P. Gaffney, K. Geibel, K. Hadyńska-KlÈk, F. G. Kondev, J. Konki, T. Kröll, P. MorelP. Napiorkowski, J. Pakarinen, P. Reiter, M. Scheck, M. Seidlitz, B. Siebeck, G. Simpson, H. Törnqvist, N. Warr, F. Wenander

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Excited states of the neutron-rich nuclei Rb97,99 were populated for the first time using the multistep Coulomb excitation of radioactive beams. Comparisons of the results with particle-rotor model calculations provide clear identification for the ground-state rotational band of Rb97 as being built on the πg9/2 [431]3/2+ Nilsson-model configuration. The ground-state excitation spectra of the Rb isotopes show a marked distinction between single-particle-like structures below N=60 and rotational bands above. The present study defines the limits of the deformed region around A∼100 and indicates that the deformation of Rb97 is essentially the same as that observed well inside the deformed region. It further highlights the power of the Coulomb-excitation technique for obtaining spectroscopic information far from stability. The Rb99 case demonstrates the challenges of studies with very short-lived postaccelerated radioactive beams.

Original languageEnglish
Article number172501
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


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