The Nucleus 59Cu - Complex Structure, Shape Evolution, Exotic Decay Modes

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High-spin states in the mass A~60 region were populated using the state-of-art gamma-ray spectrometers Gammasphere, Euroball, and GASP in conjunction with dedicated ancillary detectors. In particular, the 59Cu nucleus was studied in several experiments, and a very extensive level scheme was determined. It comprises more than 320 transitions connecting about 150 excited states. Relative to mass, it is the most extensive level scheme known to date. Next to the spherical states at low excitation energy eight regular sequences of high-energy gamma-ray transitions have been observed. They form rotational bands with various degree of deformation, which are interpreted in the light of the shell model and the configuration-dependent Cranked Nilsson-Strutinsky approach.

One of the experiments was dedicated to the study of prompt particle decays. It revealed five prompt proton decays connecting five deformed states in three of the rotational bands in 59Cu with three spherical states in the daughter nucleus 58Ni. It is the first observation of the fine structure of the newly discovered prompt proton decay mode. The proton decays compete with the gamma decay-out from the second minimum of the nuclear potential into the low-spin spherical states in the first minimum of the potential. The discrete gamma decay-out mechanism of the yrast superdeformed band is investigated in detail.

The nucleus 59Zn, the mirror partner of 59Cu, was identified for the first time, and the mirror symmetry of the T=1/2 A=59 pair is discussed.


  • Corina Andreoiu
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Subatomic Physics


  • Kondenserade materiens egenskaper:elektronstruktur, spectroscopy, relaxation, magnetic resonance, supraconductors, Ge detectors, gamma-ray spectroscopy, charged particle detectors, level scheme, superdeformation, Cranched Nilsson-Strutinsky approach, gamma decay-out mechanism, prompt proton decay, Condensed matter:electronic structure, Kärnfysik, Nuclear physics, magnetic and optical properties, electrical, egenskaper (elektriska, magnetiska och optiska), supraledare, magnetisk resonans, spektroskopi, Fysicumarkivet A:2002:Andreoiu
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
  • [unknown], [unknown], Supervisor, External person
Award date2002 Sep 20
  • University of Liverpool, Oliver Lodge Laboratory, Oxford St, Liverpool, L69, 7ZE, UK
Print ISBNs91-628-5308-2
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2002-09-20 Time: 10:15 Place: Lecture Hall B, Department of Physics, Sölvegatan 14, Lund, Sweden External reviewer(s) Name: Bentley, M. A. Title: Prof Affiliation: University of Keele, UK --- Articles: 1.) Yrast Superdeformed Band in 59CuC. Andreoiu et al.Phys. Rev. C 62, 051301(R) (2000).2.) Prompt Proton Decays in 58,59CuC. Andreoiu et al.Proceedings Pingst2000 - Selected Topics on N=ZNuclei, June 2000, Lund, Sweden, Eds. D. Rudolphand M. Hellstrom, (Bloms i Lund AB, 2000), p.21.3.) Evolution of Shapes in 59CuC. Andreoiu et al.Eur. Phys. J. A 14, 317 (2002).4.) Proton Decay Scheme of 59CuD. Rudolph et al.Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 022501 (2002).5.) First Observation of Excited States in 59ZnC. Andreoiu et al.Eur. Phys. J A, accepted for publication. The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Particle Physics (011013002), Physics, science (011013100)

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Andreoiu, C., Claes Fahlander, Dirk Rudolph, Dossing, T., Ingemar Ragnarsson & Sven Åberg, 2004, AIP Conference Proceedings. American Institute of Physics, Vol. 701. p. 289-294

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Andreoiu, C., Dossing, T., Claes Fahlander, Ingemar Ragnarsson, Dirk Rudolph, Sven Åberg, Austin, RAE., Carpenter, MP., Clark, RM., Janssens, RVF., Khoo, TL., Kondev, FG., Lauritsen, T., Rodinger, T., Sarantites, DG., Seweryniak, D., Steinhardt, T., Svensson, CE., Thelen, O. & Waddington, JC., 2003, In : Physical Review Letters. 91, 23, 232502.

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Andreoiu, C., Dirk Rudolph, Ingemar Ragnarsson, Claes Fahlander, Austin, RAE., Carpenter, MP., Clark, RM., Ekman, J., Janssens, RVF., Khoo, TL., Kondev, FG., Lauritsen, T., Rodinger, T., Sarantites, DG., Seweryniak, D., Steinhardt, T., Svensson, CE., Thelen, O. & Waddington, JC., 2002, In : European Physical Journal A. Hadrons and Nuclei. 14, 3, p. 317-348

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