Impact of shell evolution on Gamow-Teller β decay from a high-spin long-lived isomer in 127Ag

H. Watanabe*, C. X. Yuan, G. Lorusso, S. Nishimura, Z. Y. Xu, T. Sumikama, P. A. Söderström, P. Doornenbal, F. Browne, G. Gey, H. S. Jung, J. Taprogge, Zs Vajta, H. K. Wang, J. Wu, A. Yagi, H. Baba, G. Benzoni, K. Y. Chae, F. C.L. CrespiN. Fukuda, R. Gernhäuser, N. Inabe, T. Isobe, A. Jungclaus, D. Kameda, G. D. Kim, Y. K. Kim, I. Kojouharov, F. G. Kondev, T. Kubo, N. Kurz, Y. K. Kwon, G. J. Lane, Z. Li, C. B. Moon, A. Montaner-Pizá, K. Moschner, F. Naqvi, M. Niikura, H. Nishibata, D. Nishimura, A. Odahara, R. Orlandi, Z. Patel, Zs Podolyák, H. Sakurai, H. Schaffner, G. S. Simpson, K. Steiger, H. Suzuki, H. Takeda, A. Wendt, K. Yoshinaga

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    The change of the shell structure in atomic nuclei, so-called “nuclear shell evolution”, occurs due to changes of major configurations through particle-hole excitations inside one nucleus, as well as due to variation of the number of constituent protons or neutrons. We have investigated how the shell evolution affects Gamow-Teller (GT) transitions that dominate the β decay in the region below 132Sn using the newly obtained experimental data on a long-lived isomer in 127Ag. The T1/2=67.5(9) ms isomer has been identified with a spin and parity of (27/2+) at an excitation energy of 1942−20+14 keV, and found to decay via an internal transition of an E3 character, which competes with the dominant β-decay branches towards the high-spin states in 127Cd. The underlying mechanism of a strong GT transition from the 127Ag isomer is discussed in terms of configuration-dependent optimization of the effective single-particle energies in the framework of a shell-model approach.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number136766
    JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2021


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