A1 Journal article (refereed)
Total absorption γ-ray spectroscopy of niobium isomers (2019)

Guadilla, V.; Algora, A.; Tain, J. L.; Agramunt, J.; Äystö, J.; Briz, J. A.; Cucoanes, A.; Eronen, T.; Estienne, M.; Fallot, M.; Fraile, L. M.; Ganioğlu, E.; Gelletly, W.; Gorelov, D.; Hakala, J. et al. (2019). Total absorption γ-ray spectroscopy of niobium isomers. Physical Review C, 100 (2), 024311. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.100.024311

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All authors or editors: Guadilla, V.; Algora, A.; Tain, J. L.; Agramunt, J.; Äystö, J.; Briz, J. A.; Cucoanes, A.; Eronen, T.; Estienne, M.; Fallot, M.; et al.
Journal or series: Physical Review C
ISSN: 2469-9985
eISSN: 2469-9993
Publication year: 2019
Volume: 100
Issue number: 2
Article number: 024311
Publisher: American Physical Society
Publication country: United States
Publication language: English
Open Access: Publication channel is not openly available
Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/65276
Web address of parallel published publication (pre-print): https://arxiv.org/abs/1904.07036


The β-intensity distributions of the decays of 100 gs, 100 m Nb and 102 gs, 102 m Nb have been determined using the total absorption γ-ray spectroscopy technique. The JYFLTRAP double Penning trap system was employed in a campaign of challenging measurements performed with the decay total absorption γ-ray spectrometer at the Ion Guide Isotope Separator On-Line facility in Jyväskylä. Different strategies were applied to disentangle the isomeric states involved, lying very close in energy. The low-spin component of each niobium case was populated through the decay of the zirconium parent, which was treated as a contaminant. We have applied a method to extract this contamination, and additionally we have obtained β-intensity distributions for these zirconium decays. The β-strength distributions evaluated with these results were compared with calculations in a quasiparticle random-phase approximation, suggesting a prolate configuration for the ground states of 100, 102 Zr. The footprint of the Pandemonium effect was found when comparing our results for the analyses of the niobium isotopes with previous decay data. The β-intensities of the decay of 102 m Nb, for which there were no previous data, were obtained. A careful evaluation of the uncertainties was carried out, and the consistency of our results was validated taking advantage of the segmentation of our spectrometer. The final results were used as input in reactor summation calculations. A large impact on antineutrino spectrum calculations was already reported, and here we detail the significant impact on decay heat calculations.

Free keywords: beta decay; isomer decays; nuclear structure and decays

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