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Island of rare earth nuclei with tetrahedral and octahedral symmetries: Possible experimental evidence

D. Curien
J. Dobaczewski
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P. Olbratowski
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N. Schunck
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Abstract

Calculations using realistic mean-field methods suggest the existence of nuclear shapes with tetrahedral T-d and/or octahedral O-h symmetries sometimes at only a few hundreds of keV above the ground states in some rare earth nuclei around Gd-156 and Yb-160. The underlying single-particle spectra manifest exotic fourfold rather than Kramers's twofold degeneracies. The associated shell gaps are very strong, leading to a new form of shape coexistence in many rare earth nuclei. We present possible experimental evidence of the new symmetries based on the published experimental results-although an unambiguous confirmation will require dedicated experiments
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in2p3-00093531 , version 1 (13-09-2006)

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J. Dudek, D. Curien, N. Dubray, J. Dobaczewski, V. Pangon, et al.. Island of rare earth nuclei with tetrahedral and octahedral symmetries: Possible experimental evidence. Physical Review Letters, 2006, 97, pp.072501. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.97.072501⟩. ⟨in2p3-00093531⟩
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