In the study of the odd-Z, even-N nuclei Es243 and Md249, performed at the University of Jyväskylä, the fusion-evaporation reactions Au197(Ca48,2n)Es243 and Tl203(Ca48,2n)Md249 have been used for the first time. Fusion-evaporation residues were selected and detected using a gas-filled separator coupled with its focal-plane spectrometer. For Es243, the recoil decay correlation analysis yielded a half-life of 24±3s and a maximum production cross section of 37±10nb. In the same way, a half-life of 26±1s, an α-branching ratio of 75±5%, and a maximum production cross section of 300±80nb were determined for Md249. The decay properties of Es245, the daughter of Md249, were also measured: an α-branching ratio of 54±7% and a half-life of 65±6s. Experimental cross sections were compared to the results of calculations performed using the kewpie2 statistical fusion-evaporation code.
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