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Shape Coexistence in Neutron-rich Strontium Isotopes at N=60

Abstract : Neutron-rich A~100 nuclei are among the best examples of interplay of microscopic and macroscopic effects in nuclear matter. A dramatic onset of quadrupole deformation is observed in the neutron-rich Zr and Sr isotopes at N=60, making this region an active area of experimental and theoretical studies. This rapid shape transition is accompanied by the appearance of low-lying 0+2 states. Low-energy Coulomb excitation experiments were to study properties of coexisting structures in 96,98Sr (N=58,60) using post-accelerated exotic Sr beams from REX-ISOLDE. The experiments were carried out in the particle-gamma coincidence mode using the MINIBALL HPGe array coupled to an annular Double Sided Silicon Detector. Reduced transition probabilities and spectroscopic quadrupole moments were extracted from the measured differential Coulomb excitation cross sections. The results support the scenario of shape transition at N=60 giving rise to coexistence of two very different configurations in 96,98Sr. In 96Sr, the spectroscopic quadrupole moment of the first 2+ state was found to be small and negative, corresponding to a weak prolate deformation. In 98Sr, the large and negative spectroscopic quadrupole moments in the ground state band prove its well-deformed prolate character, while the value close to zero obtained for the 2+2 state confirms that a spherical configuration coexists with the deformed configuration of the ground state. The comparison of the B(E2) values and the spectroscopic quadrupole moments between the 2+1 state in 96Sr and the 2+2 state in 98Sr underlines their similarity and further supports the shape inversion when crossing the N=60 line. Furthermore, a very small mixing between the coexisting structures was determined from measured intra-band transition probabilities in 98Sr. This effect has been attributed to the rapidity of the shape change at N=60: a larger mixing would give rise to a more gradual transition from spherical to deformed ground state in Sr isotopes, like what is observed in other areas of shape coexistence, for example neutron-deficient Kr and Hgisotopes. The experimental results, together with a detailed comparison with new beyond-mean-field calculations, will be presented. The present work will be also highlighted in a larger framework of the shape change in the mass region.
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E. Clément. Shape Coexistence in Neutron-rich Strontium Isotopes at N=60. International Conference on Advances in Radioactive Isotope Science (ARIS 2017), May 2017, Keystone, United States. ⟨in2p3-01528920⟩



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