Deformation and mixing of coexisting shapes in neutron-deficient polonium isotopes
Kesteloot, N., Bastin, B., Gaffney, L. P., Wrzosek-Lipska, K., Auranen, K., Bauer, C., . . . Zielińska, M. (2015). Deformation and mixing of coexisting shapes in neutron-deficient polonium isotopes. Physical Review C, 92 (5), 054301. doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.92.054301
Published inPhysical Review C
Bree, N. |
Hess, H. |
Warr, N. |
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Coulomb-excitation experiments are performed with postaccelerated beams of neutron-deficient 196,198,200,202Po isotopes at the REX-ISOLDE facility. A set of matrix elements, coupling the low-lying states in these isotopes, is extracted. In the two heaviest isotopes, 200,202Po, the transitional and diagonal matrix elements of the 2+ 1 state are determined. In 196,198Po multistep Coulomb excitation is observed, populating the 4+ 1 , 0+ 2 , and 2+ 2 states. The experimental results are compared to the results from the measurement of mean-square charge radii in polonium isotopes, confirming the onset of deformation from 196Po onwards. Three model descriptions are used to compare to the data. Calculations with the beyond-mean-field model, the interacting boson model, and the general Bohr Hamiltonian model show partial agreement with the experimental data. Finally, calculations with a phenomenological two-level mixing model hint at the mixing of a spherical structure with a weakly deformed rotational structure. ...