A1 Journal article (refereed)
Search for Electron-Capture Delayed Fission in the New Isotope 244Md (2020)

Khuyagbaatar, J., Albers, H. M., Block, M., Brand, H., Cantemir, R. A., Di Nitto, A., Düllmann, Ch. E., Götz, M., Götz, S., Heßberger, F. P., Jäger, E., Kindler, B., Kratz, J. V., Krier, J., Kurz, N., Lommel, B., Lens, L., Mistry, A., Schausten, B., . . . Yakushev, A. (2020). Search for Electron-Capture Delayed Fission in the New Isotope 244Md. Physical Review Letters, 125(14), Article 142504. https://doi.org/10.1103/physrevlett.125.142504

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All authors or editorsKhuyagbaatar, J.; Albers, H. M.; Block, M.; Brand, H.; Cantemir, R. A.; Di Nitto, A.; Düllmann, Ch. E.; Götz, M.; Götz, S.; Heßberger, F. P.; et al.

Journal or seriesPhysical Review Letters



Publication year2020

Publication date01/10/2020


Issue number14

Article number142504

PublisherAmerican Physical Society (APS)

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/72028


The electron-capture decay followed by a prompt fission process was searched for in the hitherto unknown most neutron-deficient Md isotope with mass number 244. Alpha decay with α-particle energies of 8.73–8.86 MeV and with a half-life of 0.30+0.19−0.09  s was assigned to 244Md. No fission event with a similar half-life potentially originating from spontaneous fissioning of the short-lived electron-capture decay daughter 244Fm was observed, which results in an upper limit of 0.14 for the electron-capture branching of 244Md. Two groups of fission events with half-lives of 0.9+0.6−0.3  ms and 5+3−2  ms were observed. The 0.9+0.6−0.3  ms activity was assigned to originate from the decay of 245Md. The origin of eight fission events resulting in a half-life of 5+3−2  ms could not be unambiguously identified within the present data while the possible explanation has to invoke previously unseen physics cases.

Keywordsnuclear physicsisotopesnuclear fission

Free keywordsnuclear reactions; nuclear structure and decays

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Reporting Year2020

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