Review of metastable states in heavy nuclei

G. D. Dracoulis, P. M. Walker, F. G. Kondev

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    The structure of nuclear isomeric states is reviewed in the context of their role in contemporary nuclear physics research. Emphasis is given to high-spin isomers in heavy nuclei, with A≳150. The possibility to exploit isomers to study some of the most exotic nuclei is a recurring theme. In spherical nuclei, the role of octupole collectivity is discussed in detail, while in deformed nuclei the limitations of the K quantum number are addressed. Isomer targets and isomer beams are considered, along with applications related to energy storage, astrophysics, medicine, and experimental advances.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number076301
    JournalReports on Progress in Physics
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2016


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