gamma-ray spectroscopy of Ta-163

Sandzelius M., Cederwall B., Ganioglu E., Thomson J., Andgren K., Bianco L., ...More

PHYSICAL REVIEW C, vol.80, no.5, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 80 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1103/physrevc.80.054316
  • Journal Name: PHYSICAL REVIEW C
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Excited states in Ta-163 have been identified for the first time using the Cd-106(Ni-60,3p) fusion evaporation reaction. gamma rays were detected using the JUROGAM gamma-ray spectrometer and recoil discrimination was achieved using the recoil ion transport unit (RITU) gas-filled separator in conjunction with the GREAT spectrometer situated at the focal plane of the RITU. The yrast states are assigned to a strongly coupled rotational band based on a pi h(11/2) configuration. This structure exhibits large signature splitting at low spins that disappears after the paired band crossing because of the alignment of a pair of i(13/2) neutrons. This effect is ascribed to triaxial shape changes induced by the core-polarizing properties of the deformation-aligned h(11/2) proton and the rotation-aligned i(13/2) neutrons. Two additional strongly coupled band structures have been established and are discussed in terms of octupole-vibrational and two-quasiparticle excitations built on the yrast structure. The experimental results are compared with predictions from cranked-shell-model and total-Routhian-surface calculations.