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Spectroscopy of 253No and its daughters

Abstract : New high-statistics data have been obtained on the decay properties of 253No and its daughters using the reaction 207Pb(48Ca, 2n)253No. This was made possible thanks to an improved transmission of fusion–evaporation residues through the VASSILISSA recoil separator and an increased efficiency of the GABRIELA detector setup. The decay schemes of 253No and 249Fm have been revisited. The known level scheme of 249Fm has been confirmed, including a new level at 669 keV excitation energy. The observation of L X-rays in coincidence with the α decay of 249Fm gives additional support to the ground-state configuration of 1/2+[631] instead of 5/2+[622] for 245Cf. In both 249Fm and 245Cf, the interpretation of the data has been checked by comparing experimental α-particle and γ -ray spectra with realistic simulations of the decay cascades and of the interaction of particles and photons in the detectors of GABRIELA. The population of a 0.7 ms isomeric state attributed to 253No is confirmed by an α-tagged calorimetric measurement and the corresponding γ and electron decay spectra are presented. Possible evidence for more than one isomer is given and a tentative partial decay scheme is discussed in the light of the available experimental data, systematics and theoretical expectations.
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A. Lopez-Martens, T. Wiborg-Hagen, K. Hauschild, M.L. Chelnokov, V.I. Chepigin, et al.. Spectroscopy of 253No and its daughters. Nuclear Physics A, Elsevier, 2011, 852, pp.15-35. ⟨10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2011.01.012⟩. ⟨in2p3-00575103⟩



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