Evidence for shape coexistence in 52Cr through conversion-electron and pairconversion spectroscopy

Jackson Dowie, Tibor Kibedi, Andrew Stuchbery, Aqeel Akber, Abraham A. Avaa, Lindsey Bignell, Maluba Vernon Chisapi, Ben Coombes, Tomas Eriksen, Matthew Gerathy, Timothy Gray, T.H. Hoang, E Ideguchi, P Jones, M. Kumar Raju, Gregory Lane, Brendan McCormick, AJ Mitchell, Pi Tee

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    Electric monopole (E0) transitions are a highly sensitive probe of the charge distribution of an atomic nucleus. A large E0 transition strength (ρ2(E0)) is a clear indicator of nuclear shape coexistence. In the region between doubly magic 40Ca and 56Ni, E0 transitions have never been observed in the Ti or Cr isotopes, nor in the heavier iron isotopes (56,58Fe). We have performed the first measurements of the E0 transitions in 52Cr via conversion-electron and pair-conversion spectroscopy using the Super-e spectrometer at the Australian National University Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility. We present the first spectra obtained for 52Cr, including the first observation of the E0 transition from the first-excited 0+ state in 52Cr, in both electron-positron pairs and conversion-electron spectroscopy. The preliminary values for the E0 strength in the 1531keV 2+ → 2+ transition in 52Cr is ρ2(E0) � 103 = 470(190), and for the 1728-keV 23+ → 21+ transition, it is ρ2(E0) 103 = 1800(1200). The large E0 strengths observed are consistent with shape coexistence in this region. However, despite the relatively precise observation of the conversion-electron and electron-positron pair intensities, the E0 strengths have large uncertainties. More precise determinations of relevant spectroscopic quantities, such as the state lifetimes and transition mixing ratios for mixed M1 + E2 transitions, are needed to determine the E0 strength more precisely.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-4
    JournalEPJ Web of Conferences
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


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