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Superallowed Gamow-Teller decay of the doubly magic nucleus $^{100}$Sn

Abstract : The shell structure of atomic nuclei is associated with 'magic numbers' and originates in the nearly independent motion of neutrons and protons in a mean potential generated by all nucleons. During b1-decay, a proton transforms into a neutron in a previously not fully occupied orbital, emitting a positron-neutrino pair with either parallel or antiparallel spins, in a Gamow-Teller or Fermi transition, respectively. The transition probability, or strength, of a Gamow-Teller transition depends sensitively on the underlying shell structure and is usually distributed among many states in the neighbouring nucleus. Here we report measurements of the half-life and decay energy for the decay of 100Sn, the heaviest doubly magic nucleus with equal numbers of protons and neutrons. In the b-decay of 100Sn, a large fraction of the strength is observable because of the large decay energy. We determine the largest Gamow-Teller strength so far measured in allowed nuclear b-decay, establishing the 'superallowed' nature of this Gamow-Teller transition. The large strength and the low-energy states in the daughter nucleus, 100In, are well reproduced by modern, large-scale shell model calculations.
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C.B. Hinke, M. Böhmer, P. Boutachkov, T. Faestermann, H. Geissel, et al.. Superallowed Gamow-Teller decay of the doubly magic nucleus $^{100}$Sn. Nature, Nature Publishing Group, 2012, 486, pp.341-345. ⟨10.1038/nature11116⟩. ⟨in2p3-00714614⟩



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