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Review of alpha-decay data from doubly-even nuclei

Description: Alpha-decay data from doubly-even nuclei throughout the periodic table are reviewed and evaluated. From these data, nuclear radius parameters are calculated by using the Preston formula for {alpha}- decay probabilities. The radius parameters for each element behave rather regularly as a function of neutron number. The show minima at the major closed shells, increase sharply for parents just above the closed shells, and decrease smoothly toward the next shell closure. The same trend is observed for {alpha} reduced widths calculated using the Rasmussen formalism. Any irregularity or large departure from this behavior indicates probable incorrect input data. This systematic behavior can also be utilized to estimate partial half- lives.
Date: September 1, 1996
Creator: Akovali, Y.A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Anharmonic vibrator description of collective nuclei

Description: It is shown that a simple anharmonic vibrator model can account for the properties of yrast states in collective nuclei, as well as the quasi-band states built on the {gamma}-vibration or on the O{sub 2}{sup +} state. This description extends from nearly harmonic vibrator nuclei to pure rotor nuclei and encompasses both energies and B(E2) values. It survives both ``horizontal`` and ``vertical`` perspectives on the data of nuclear physics and offers a challenge to microscopic theories of nuclear structure.
Date: July 1, 1995
Creator: Casten, R.F. & Zamfir, N.V.
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Searching for E(5) behavior in nuclei

Description: The properties of even-even nuclei with 30 {le} Z {le} 82, A {ge} 60 have been examined to find examples displaying the characteristics of E(5) critical-point behavior for the shape transition from a spherical vibrator to a triaxially soft rotor. On the basis of the known experimental state energies and E2 transition strengths, the best candidates that were identified are {sup 102}Pd, {sup 106,108}Cd, {sup 124}Te, {sup 128}Xe, and {sup 134}Ba. The closest agreement between experimental data and the predictions of E(5) is for {sup 128}Xe and for the previously suggested example of {sup 134}Ba. It is proposed that {sup 128}Xe may be a new example of a nucleus at the E(5) critical point.
Date: January 1, 2004
Creator: Clark, R.M.; Cromaz, M.; Deleplanque, M.A.; Descovich, M.; Diamond, R.M; Fallon, P. et al.
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Valence proton-neutron interaction strengths from double binding energy differences

Description: Empirical p-n interaction strengths have been extracted from experimental mass data using double-difference binding energy equations. The especially strong interactions for self-conjugate nuclei will be discussed as well as microstructure found for deformed and in doubly magic regions. Valence correlation Schemes provide a basis to comment on the stability of medium mass near-drip-line nuclei and superheavy elements.
Date: 1996-10~
Creator: Brenner, D. S.; Foy, B. D.; Warner, D. D.; Zamfir, N. V. & Casten, R. F.
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Shell-model Monte Carlo studies of nuclei

Description: The pair content and structure of nuclei near N = Z are described in the frwnework of shell-model Monte Carlo (SMMC) calculations. Results include the enhancement of J=0 T=1 proton-neutron pairing at N=Z nuclei, and the maxked difference of thermal properties between even-even and odd-odd N=Z nuclei. Additionally, a study of the rotational properties of the T=1 (ground state), and T=0 band mixing seen in {sup 74}Rb is presented.
Date: February 1, 1997
Creator: Dean, D.J.
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Shell-model Monte Carlo calculations near N = Z

Description: The pairing and structure of nuclei near N = Z is described in the framework of shell-model Monte Carlo (SMMC) calculations. Principal results include the enhancement of J=0, T=1 proton-neutron pairing at N=Z nuclei, and the marked difference of thermal properties between even-even and odd-odd N=Z nuclei. Additionally I will present a study of the rotational properties for the T=1 (ground state), and T=0 band mixing seen in {sup 74}Rb.
Date: October 1, 1996
Creator: Dean, D.J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

New signatures for phase/shape transitional regions

Description: The energies of low-spin yrast states, E(4{sub 1}{sup +}) and E(2{sub 1}{sup +}), and the transition probabilities, B(E2; 2{sub 1}{sup +} {yields} 0{sub 1}{sup +}), which are among the most revealing and easiest to measure observables of collectivity, show remarkable global correlations that provide new signatures to identify particular structures.
Date: July 1, 1993
Creator: Zamfir, N. V.; Casten, R. F.; Zhang, J. Y. & Brenner, D. S.
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Systematics of Alpha-Radioactivity

Description: Correlations of alpha-decay energies in terms of mass number and atomic number have been made for all of the alpha-emitting species now numbering over 100. For each element isotopes show increase in alpha-energy with decrease in mass number except in the region of 126 neutrons where there is an explainable reversal. This reversal has the effect of creating a region of relatively low alpha-energy and long half-life at low mass numbers for such elements as astatine, emanation, francium, and possibly higher elements as had been noted already for bismuth and polonium. Methods and examples of using alpha-decay data to define the energy surface in the heavy element region are discussed. The regularities in alpha-decay are used for predictions of nuclear properties including prediction of the beta-stable nuclides among the heavy elements. The half-life vs. energy correlations show that the even-even nuclides conform well with existing alpha-decay theory, but all nuclear types with odd nucleons show prohibited decay. The reason for this prohibition is not found in spin changes in the alpha-emission but in the assembly of the components of the alpha particle, and this theory is discussed further in terms of observations made on nuclides having two or more alpha-groups. Using most of the even-even nuclei to define 'normal nuclear radius' calculations are now able to show the shrinkage in the regions of lead and of 126 neutrons to amount to about 10%. The much greater change in 'effective radius' for bismuth isotopes can be dissociated into the effects of odd nucleons superimposed on the actual decrease in nuclear radius. The simple expression r = 1.48 A{sup 1/3} {center_dot} 10{sup -13} cm seems to fit the data for the even-even nuclei outside of the region of 126 neutrons better than more complex functions.
Date: September 12, 1949
Creator: Perlman, I.; Ghiorso, A. & Seaborg, G.T.
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On-line nuclear orientation

Description: This report discusses: coexistence in even-even nuclei; coexistence in odd-mass nuclei; g-factors of excited states; quadrupole orientation; and geometrical corrections. (LSP)
Date: January 1, 1991
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The distribution of nuclear quantum states in cold'' rotating nuclei

Description: A statistical analysis of the distribution of level spacings for states with the same spin and parity is described in which the average spacing is calculated for the total ensemble. The resulting distribution of level spacings for states of deformed nuclei with A = 155--185 and Z = 62--77 is the closest to that of a Poisson distribution yet obtained for nuclear levels. However, when only the even-spin, positive-parity data for even-even nuclei are considered, the level-spacing distribution becomes double peaked. The anomalously-large separations are shown to be the result of the low energy of the strongly-correlated, completely-paired yrast configuration of even-even nuclei. Average values of the level spacings also are discussed as a function of spin, parity, and nuclear type (even-even, even-Z- odd-N, etc.). Likewise, deviations from a Poisson distribution for several spacings (s) less than about 60 keV are compared with similar values for {sup 116}Sn on an absolute scale. Such discrepancies are attributed to interactions (level repulsions) which become increasingly significant for s {le} 60 keV. 18 refs., 10 figs.
Date: January 1, 1991
Creator: Garrett, J.D.; German, J.R. (Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)); Courtney, L. (Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy) & Espino, J.M. (Seville Univ. (Spain))
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Global set of quadrupole deformation parameters for even-even nuclei

Description: A compilation of experimental results has been completed for the reduced electric quadrupole transition probability (B(E2)up arrow) between the 0/sup +/ ground state and the first 2/sup +/ state in even-even nuclei. This compilation together with certain simple relationships noted by other authors can be used to make reasonable predictions of unmeasured B(E2)up arrow values. The quadrupole deformation parameter ..beta../sub 2/ immediately follows, because ..beta../sub 2/ is proportional to (B(E2)up arrow)/sup 1/2/. 8 refs., 7 figs.
Date: January 1, 1986
Creator: Raman, S. & Nestor, C.W. Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Application of atomic vapor laser isotope separation to the enrichment of mercury

Description: Workers at GTE/Sylvania have shown that the efficiency of fluorescent lighting may be markedly improved using mercury that has been enriched in the /sup 196/Hg isotope. A 5% improvement in the efficiency of fluorescent lighting in the United States could provide a savings of approx. 1 billion dollars in the corresponding reduction of electrical power consumption. We will discuss the results of recent work done at our laboratory to develop a process for enriching mercury. The discussion will center around the results of spectroscopic measurements of excited state lifetimes, photoionization cross sections and isotope shifts. In addition, we will discuss the mercury separator and supporting laser mesurements of the flow properties of mercury vapor. We will describe the laser system which will provide the photoionization and finally discuss the economic details of producing enriched mercury at a cost that would be attractive to the lighting industry.
Date: September 1, 1986
Creator: Crane, J.K.; Erbert, G.V.; Paisner, J.A.; Chen, H.L.; Chiba, Z.; Beeler, R.G. et al.
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Nuclear structure studies of transitional nuclei. Progress report, October 1, 1979-August 31, 1980. [Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington]

Description: Systematic investigations of the nuclear level structures of stable heavy transitional nuclei are being performed by (n,n'..gamma..) reaction spectroscopy. Detailed ..gamma..-ray excitation functions and angular distributions permit characterization of low-lying states, with particular emphasis on understanding collective excitations of both positive and negative parity. Questions regarding nuclear shapes, deformation effects, and the applicability of various nuclear models to these nuclei have been addressed. Completed studies of /sup 194/Pt and /sup 198/Pt reveal significant structural differences between these nuclei, and have led to studies of other transitional nuclei as the next step in a comprehensive examination of this mass region. Cross section systematics for the (n,n'..gamma..) reaction are being developed and, where possible, ..gamma..-ray studies have been complemented by neutron detection time-of-flight measurements. 6 figures, 1 table.
Date: January 1, 1980
Creator: Yates, S.W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Laboratory-scale shielded cell for /sup 252/Cf

Description: A shielded-cell facility for storing and handling remotely up to 2 milligram quantities of unencapsulated /sup 252/Cf has been built in a radiochemistry laboratory at the Test Reactor Area of the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. Unique features of this facility are its compact bulk radiation shield of borated gypsum and transfer lines which permit the transport of fission product activity from /sup 252/Cf fission sources within the cell to a mass separator and to a fast radiochemistry system in nearby rooms.
Date: January 1, 1979
Creator: Anderl, R.A. & Cargo, C.H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

ENDF-201: ENDF/B-VI summary documentation

Description: Responsibility for oversight of the ENDF/B Evaluated Nuclear Data file lies with the Cross Section Evaluation Working Group (CSEWG), which is comprised of representatives from various governmental and industrial laboratories in the United States. Individual evaluations are provided by scientists at several US laboratories, including significant contributions by scientists from all over the world. In addition, ENDF/B-VI includes for the first time complete evaluations for three materials that were provided from laboratories outside the US. All data are checked and reviewed by CSEWG, and the data file is maintained and issued by the National Nuclear Data Center at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The previous version of the library, ENDF/B-V, was issued in 1979, and two revisions to the data file were provided in subsequent years, the latest occurring in 1981. A total of 75 new or extensively modified neutron sublibrary evaluations are included in ENDF/B-VI, and are summarized in this document. One incident proton sublibrary is described for Fe{sup 56}. The remaining evaluations in ENDF/B-VI have been carried over from earlier versions of ENDF, and have been updated to reflect the new formats. The release of ENDF/B-VI was carried out between January and June of 1990, with groups of materials being released on tapes.'' Table 1 is an index to the evaluation summaries, and includes the material identification or MAT number, the responsible laboratory, and the tape'' number. These evaluations have been released without restrictions on their distribution or use.
Date: October 1, 1991
Creator: Rose, P.F. (comp.)
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Systematics of effective charges of proton and neutron bosons

Description: Experimental B(E2; 0{sub 1}{sup +} {r arrow} 2{sub 1}{sup +}) values for 54 even-even nuclei in the range A = 90--200 were used to deduce effective charges of proton, neutron bosons. The results indicate that for deformed nuclei, the ratio e{sub n}/e{sub p} is in general agreement with the schematic Bohr and Mottelson prediction. For vibrational nuclei in the A = 100 and A = 140 regions a very significant enhancement of this ratio is found. 6 refs., 3 figs.
Date: January 1, 1990
Creator: Wolf, A. (Israel Atomic Energy Commission, Beersheba (Israel). Nuclear Research Center-Negev) & Casten, R.F. (Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (USA))
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