Coulomb excitation of Na-29,Na-30: Mapping the borders of the island of inversion

M. Seidlitz, P. Reiter, R. Altenkirch, B. Bastin, C. Bauer, A. Blazhev, N. Bree, B. Bruyneel, P. A. Butler, J. Cederkall, T. Davinson, H. De Witte, D. D. DiJulio, J. Diriken, L. P. Gaffney, K. Geibel, G. Georgiev, R. Gernhaeuser, M. Huyse, N. KestelootT. Kroell, R. Kruecken, R. Lutter, J. Pakarinen, F. Radeck, M. Scheck, D. Schneiders, B. Siebeck, C. Sotty, T. Steinbach, J. Taprogge, P. Van Duppen, J. Van de Walle, D. Voulot, N. Warr, F. Wenander, K. Wimmer, P. J. Woods, K. Wrzosek-Lipska

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Abstract

Nuclear shell evolution in neutron-rich Na nuclei around N = 20 was studied by determining reduced transition probabilities, i.e., B(E2) and B(M1) values, in order to map the border of the island of inversion. To this end Coulomb-excitation experiments, employing radioactive Na-29,Na-30 beams with a final beam energy of 2.85 MeV/nucleon, were performed at REX-ISOLDE, CERN. De-excitation gamma rays were detected by the MINIBALL gamma-ray spectrometer in coincidence with scattered particles in a segmented Si detector. Transition probabilities to excited states were deduced. The measured B(E2) values agree well with shell-model predictions, supporting the idea that in the Na isotopic chain the ground-state wave function contains significant intruder admixture already at N = 18, with N = 19 having an almost pure two-particle-two-hole deformed ground-state configuration.
Original languageEnglish
Article number024309
JournalPhysical Review C
Volume89
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2014

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