First direct observation of isomeric decay in neutron-rich odd-odd Ta 186

Y. X. Watanabe*, P. M. Walker, Y. Hirayama, M. Mukai, H. Watanabe, G. J. Lane, M. Ahmed, M. Brunet, T. Hashimoto, S. Ishizawa, S. Kimura, F. G. Kondev, Yu A. Litvinov, H. Miyatake, J. Y. Moon, T. Niwase, M. Oyaizu, J. H. Park, Zs Podolyák, M. RosenbuschP. Schury, M. Wada

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    Deexcitation γ rays associated with an isomeric state of Ta186 were investigated. The isomers were produced in multinucleon transfer reactions between a Xe136 beam and a natural W target and were collected and separated by the KEK Isotope Separation System. Two γ transitions with energies of 161.1(2) and 186.8(1) keV associated with an isomeric decay were observed for the first time. The half-life of the isomeric state of the neutral atom Ta186m was deduced as 17(2) s. Based on the comparison with the previous measurements of the isomeric state using the Experimental Storage Ring at GSI Darmstadt and the coupling of angular momenta of individual particle orbitals in odd-odd nuclei, a decay scheme of Ta186m was proposed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number024330
    JournalPhysical Review C
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021


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