Loss of collectivity in the transitional Er-156 nucleus at high spin

E. S. Paul, S. V. Rigby, M. A. Riley, J. Simpson, D. E. Appelbe, D. B. Campbell, P. T. W. Choy, R. M. Clark, M. Cromaz, A. O. Evans, P. Fallon, A. Goergen, D. T. Joss, I. Y. Lee, A. O. Macchiavelli, P. J. Nolan, A. Pipidis, D. Ward, Ingemar Ragnarsson

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The Cd-114(Ca-48, 6n gamma) reaction at 215 MeV has been investigated using the Gammasphere spectrometer to study the high-spin structure of the nucleus Er-156(68)88. Many new transitions have been established along with 68 definitive spin-parity level assignments from a high-fold angular-distribution analysis. In addition, absolute B(M 1) and B(E 1) strengths have been inferred from measured gamma-ray branching ratios. Strong B(E 1) strength (10(-3) W.u.) is discussed in terms of possible octupole collectivity at low spin. At high spin, this nucleus undergoes a Coriolis-induced shape transition from a prolate state of collective rotation to a noncollective, triaxial-oblate configuration. The yrast positive-parity structure ultimately terminates in an energetically favored oblate state at I-pi = 42(+). Several weak high-energy gamma-ray transitions have been discovered that feed this favored state. State-of-the-art cranked Nilsson-Strutinsky calculations are used to interpret the high-spin behavior of Er-156 and comparisons are made with other N = 88 isotones.
Original languageEnglish
Article number044324
JournalPhysical Review C (Nuclear Physics)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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