High-K isomers in 176W and mechanisms of K violation

B. Crowell, P. Chowdhury, D. J. Blumenthal, S. J. Freeman, C. J. Lister, M. P. Carpenter, R. G. Henry, R. V.F. Janssens, T. L. Khoo, T. Lauritsen, Y. Liang, F. Soramel, I. G. Bearden

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An isomer, with t1/2=35±10 ns and J,Kπ=14,14+, has been observed in the nucleus 176W using the reaction 150Nd(30Si,4n) at a beam energy of 133 MeV. The isomer exhibits an unusual pattern of decay in which the majority of the flux proceeds directly to states with 〈K〉=0, bypassing available levels of intermediate K. This severe breakdown of normal K-selection rules in 176W is compared with recent observations of K violation in neighboring nuclei, within the framework of proposed theoretical approaches. The available data on these K-violating decays seem to have a consistent explanation in models of K mixing which include large-amplitude fluctuations of the nuclear shape.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1173-1190
Number of pages18
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1996

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    Crowell, B., Chowdhury, P., Blumenthal, D. J., Freeman, S. J., Lister, C. J., Carpenter, M. P., Henry, R. G., Janssens, R. V. F., Khoo, T. L., Lauritsen, T., Liang, Y., Soramel, F., & Bearden, I. G. (1996). High-K isomers in 176W and mechanisms of K violation. Physical Review C - Nuclear Physics, 53(3), 1173-1190. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevC.53.1173