Nuclear Physics A561 (1993) 416-430 North-Holland
NUCLEAR PHYSICS A
P-decay of 13Rh and the observation of 113mPd *: Isomer systematics in odd-A palladium isotopes
H. Penttila, T. Enqvist, P.P. Jauho, A. Jokinen, M. Leino, J.M. Parmonen, J. Aysto
Department of Physics, UniLwsity of .lyrv?skylli, SF-40351 Jy~C&ylii, Finland
Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, SF-001 70 Helsinki, Finland
Received 22 March 1993
Abstract Decay of 13Rh to the levels of i3Pd was studied at the IGISOL-facility by means of p-, y-
and conversion-electron spectroscopy. The level scheme of 13Pd was constructed using 33 gamma transitions on the basis of observed yy-coincidence relations and half-life analysis. A P-decay half-life of (2.80+_0.12) s was measured for 13Rh. A new s- isomeric state with (0.3 + 0.1) s half-life and excitation energy 81.3 keV was discovered in 13Pd, This state and the other recently observed low-lying 4m or y- isomeric states in *5,7Pd isotopes are directly populated in proton-induced fission. The decay of these isomers is unusually strongly hindered compared with Weisskopf estimates. Our observation of two strongly hindered M2 transitions in 3,*17Pd with hindrance factors of 7600 and 6800, respectively, imply coexistence of nuclear shapes in odd-A Pd nuclei.
Key words: RADIOACTIVITY i13Rh, *3mPd mass separated [from 23xU(p, f), E = 20 MeV]; measured T,,,(P-l, E,, L,,,,, Pr-, yy-, Xy-, p(ce)-, Xfcel-coin, 13Pd deduced levels, J, rr, T *,21 log ft.
Nuclear shapes and their coexistence represent a challenge for both experimen-
tal and theoretical studies of structure of transitional nuclei with A > 100. Coexis-
tence of prolate and oblate shapes at low excitation for odd-A Pd isotopes has been suggested in studies of the isomeric decays and P-decays of very neutron-rich
Pd isotopes up to Pd [l-3]. Previous studies have identified the $- isomeric states in 10s~07~109~11Pd isotopes  and the ;- or y- isomers in lsPd [5,6] and
l Supported by the Academy of Finland.
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The heaviest nucleus that can be studied via a transfer reaction is Pd.
However, most of the data of Pd and Pd are from decay studies [7-91. The
levels of 3*5,7Pd can be studied via P-decay of their 3~s~7Rh precursors
produced in fission of heavy neutron-rich element. The P-decays of 3~s*7Rh
were discovered at IGISOL and reported in refs. [1,2,10]. In addition, fission
populates directly nuclear states over a large range of energy and spin values.
These states include isomeric states that are not populated in P-decay. For
example, an isomer with I = 27 _ z has been observed in Y [ll]. In this work new
experimental data is presented on the discovery of the negative-parity isomer in
Pd and on the P-decay of 13Rh to the levels of 13Pd. A detailed study of the
P-decay of jRh was necessary for the search and identification of the isomer in
2. Experimental techniques
Because of the bulk of other fission products, studies of short-lived neutron-rich
species produced with relatively low cross sections can only be performed using
on-line separation. The physical and chemical properties make it hard to produce
ion beams of Rh for mass separation. On the other hand, chemical separation
without proper mass assignment may result in error, as was the case with the
previously reported 13Rh decay .
The Ion Guide Isotope Separator On-Line, IGISOL [131, can produce mass-sep-
arated ion beams of any element in the millisecond time scale. Furthermore,
because all the mass-separated ions are primary ions from the reaction, the
situation is much better compared with conventional ion sources, in which the
long-lived species accumulate in the target and are mass separated with a much
higher efficiency than the short-lived species in the same mass.
As a relatively fast device, IGISOL provides an effective way to study rapid p
decays but also isomeric decays of mass-separated samples with half-lives as short
as 0.1 ms. However, one remaining difficulty is the identification of Z, especially, if
an isomeric state decays via a single transition directly to the ground state.
Fortunately, such transitions are often strongly converted, and the most effective
method for the Z assignment is a coincidence measurement between the charac-
teristic X-rays and the conversion electrons. At IGISOL the mass-separated ion beam can be injected directly into the source position of the electron transport
spectrometer ELLI . Thus, no mechanical transportation of the produced
activity is required and the conversion electron spectroscopy can be performed as
rapidly as the mass separation, i.e., in the millisecond time scale. This has made it
possible to search for the isomeric states in odd-A Pd nuclei over a large range of half-lives.
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The activity studied was produced using 20 MeV proton induced fission of 238U
and mass separated using the ion-guide technique, as described in ref. . The
P-decay of 13Rh was investigated with Pry, PrX, p(ce) and X(ce) coincidence
set-ups. High-purity Ge detectors with 23% and 25% relative efficiencies were
used to detect gamma rays up to 2 MeV, and 7 mm and 10 mm thick planar Ge
detectors with active areas of 200 mm* and 1000 mm2, respectively, were used to
detect X rays and low-energy gamma rays up to 400 keV. In the j!Irr and /3yX
set-ups, the p particles were detected with a 1.0 mm thick NE102 type plastic
scintillator AE, detector. The coincidences between X rays and conversion elec-
trons, as well as the singles conversion electron and low-energy gamma-ray spectra
were recorded. The P(ce> coincidence measurement was performed using a sur-
face-barrier silicon detector as a AE, detector. The lack of beta coincidences
indicates isomeric transition.
The cyclotron and separator beam was pulsed for the half-life measurements.
The p-decay half-lives were deduced from the decay of beta-gated gamma rays
during the cyclotron beam-off period. The half-life of the isomeric transition was
deduced from the decay of gamma rays in the singles spectrum. More details of the
experimental set-ups can be found in refs. [3,5,14,15].
3. Experimental results
3.1. P-Decay of 13Rh
Gamma transitions were assigned to the P-decay of 13Rh via observed coinci-
dences between characteristic K X-rays of Pd and gamma rays, via yy- coinci-
dences or via their observed half-life. One gamma transition (348.9 keV) was assigned via the observation of its K-conversion electrons in coincidence with the
characteristic K X-rays of Pd. Altogether 42 gamma transitions assigned to the decay are listed in Table 1. Coincidences with P-particles confirmed the assigned
gamma ray to follow the P-decay of 13Rh Fig. 1 shows a part of the beta-coinci- .
dent gamma spectrum recorded at A = 113. The P-decay half-life for 13Rh was
deduced from the decay of the 84.9, 117.0, 137.5, 189.7 and 348.9 keV gamma rays observed in coincidence with P-particles during the beam-off period of the
cyclotron. The half-life value of (2.80 + 0.12) s is the weighted average of the measured values. The value agrees well with our previous result [lo], but the
accuracy is somewhat improved. The conversion-electron measurements resulted
in internal K-conversion coefficients for 13 transitions and an L-conversion
coefficient for one transition (34.9 keV) in 13Pd. These are given in Table 2. At
low energy, the copiously produced 43.2 keV G isomer in 13Ag tended to disturb
conversion electron measurements. Also, because of the resolution of the Si(Li) detector used, the K-79.7 and K-81.3 conversion-electron lines could not be
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Table 1 The gamma transitions following the P-decay of Rh and the observed yy-coincidence relations. Note that 81.3 keV transition does not follow the P-decay of t3Rh but the isomeric decay of 13mPd, but its intensity is given because of completeness. Intensities are gamma transition intensities normalized to the 348.9 keV transition and not corrected for internal conversion.
Transition Relative energy (keV) intensity
Coincident gamma rays (keV)
34.9 (3) a 1.2 (2) 79.7 (3) 2.7 (3) 81.3 (3) a 6.9 (4) 84.9 (2) b 8.2 (5) 96.8 (3) 1.8 (3)
100.4 (3) 0.7 (1) 116.8 (2) 9.7 (5) 119.4 (3) h 0.5 (1) 120.8 (3) 2.2 (3) 135.0 (2) h 2.8 (3) 137.5 (2) 7.8 (3) 151.8 (3) 7.4 (4) 157.1 (3) 5.7 (4) 159.9 (3) 4.8 (5) 189.7 (2) 45.0 (8) 197.0 (4) 0.9 (3) 217.0 (2) 9.1 (4) 219.6 (3) 10.3 (6) 221.0 (3) 4.3 (5) 236.7 (4) 0.9 (3) 252.1 (3) 6.8 (5) 254.8 (5) 1.2 (4) 257.5 (4) 2.7 (4) 265.0 (3) 2.8 (4) 310.8 (4) 1.2 (3) 332.7 (3) h 2.0 (3) 339.1 (4) c weak 348.5 (6) 2.2 (5) 348.9 (5) d 2.1 (5) 348.9 (3) 100.0 (9) 357.6 (3) 4.5 (3) 373.1 (4) 1.8 (4) 409.3 (3) 42.2 (8) 454.7 (4) 2.8 (4) 500.3 (3) 5.5 (4) 538.8 (4) 7.0 (5) 543.0 (4) 3.8 (4) 609.0 (3) 6.8 (5) 671.1 (4) 2.3 (5) 749.1 (4) 1.7 (4) 932.7 (4) 3.8 (5) 980.0 (5) 2.0 (4)
1053.0 (5) 1.9 (4)
97, 121, 138, 157, 609
119, 135,225,980 , 1053 , 1124 b 217,252
100, 197,221, 258,349
138, 217, 252,358 85, 119 80, 157, 237, 609 100, 197, 221, 258, 349, 358, 747.5 80, 138,217, 252 190 160, 220, 265,311. 349,542, 933 b, 1226