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First observation of beta-delayed gamma-proton decay in 56Zn

Jun 23, 2015, 6:10 PM
INFN-LNS, Aula Azzurra (INFN-Laboratori Nazionali del Sud)

INFN-LNS, Aula Azzurra

INFN-Laboratori Nazionali del Sud

Oral presentation Reactions and Structure - Unstable Nuclei Reactions and Structure - Unstable Nuclei


Dr Sonja Orrigo (IFIC-CSIC Valencia, Spain)

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We report the observation of a very exotic decay mode at the proton drip-line, the beta-delayed gamma-proton decay, clearly seen in the beta decay of the Tz = -2 nucleus 56Zn [1]. Here this decay mode, already observed once in the sd-shell [2], is seen for the first time in the fp-shell.

The experiment was performed at the LISE3 facility of GANIL, using a 58Ni26+ primary beam with an average intensity of 3.7 euA, accelerated to 74.5 MeV/nucleon and fragmented on a 200 um thick natural Ni target. The fragments were selected by the LISE3 separator and implanted into a Double-Sided Silicon Strip Detector 300 um thick, surrounded by four EXOGAM Ge clovers for gamma detection.

The proton decay of the 56Zn Isobaric Analogue State is normally expected to be isospin forbidden, however competition between beta-delayed protons and beta-delayed gamma rays has been observed. Similar cases have been seen before. The particularity here is that the states populated in the gamma de-excitation are also proton-unbound, consequently the rare and exotic beta-delayed gamma-proton decay has been observed. In particular, three gamma-proton sequences have been seen after the beta decay [1]. This observation is very important because it does affect the conventional way to determine the Gamow-Teller (GT) transition strength B(GT) near the proton drip-line, where the general opinion until now was that the B(GT) is simply deduced from the intensity of the proton peaks. On the contrary, the observed proton intensities are due to both direct feeding and indirect feeding coming from the gamma de-excitation. Thus both gamma and proton decays have been taken into account in the estimation of the Fermi and GT strengths. Evidence for fragmentation of the Fermi strength due to strong isospin mixing is found. The results are compared with the mirror process, the 56Fe(3He,t)56Co reaction [3].

The beta-delayed gamma-proton decay may become a common decay mode in heavier, more exotic systems with Tz ≤ −3/2, which will be studied this year at the Radioactive Ion Beam Factory at RIKEN during the EUroball RIken Cluster Array (EURICA) campaign.

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Dr Sonja Orrigo (IFIC-CSIC Valencia, Spain)

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