The decay of a Kπ=8- isomer in Pu244 and the collective band structures populating the isomer were studied using deep inelastic excitations with Ti47 and Pb208 beams, respectively. Precise measurements of M1/E2 branching ratios in the band confirm a 9/2-ν - 7/2+ν configuration assignment for the isomer, validating the systematics of Kπ=8-, two-quasineutron isomers observed in even-Z, N=150 isotones. These isomers around the deformed shell gap at N=152 provide critical benchmarks for theoretical predictions of single-particle energies in this gateway region to superheavy nuclei.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics