PACS: 23.60 +e α decay – 27.90 +b 220 〈 A – 25.70 -z Low and intermediate energy heavy-ion reactions
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Abstract: The nuclei 226U and 230Pu have been populated via reactions involving 208Pb targets bombarded by 22Ne and 26Mg projectiles. Fusion-evaporation residues were separated in-flight using a gas-filled recoil separator. A position-sensitive Si-strip detector was employed at the focal plane in order to identify correlated α-decay chains. Two fine structure α-decay lines have been observed. The first, with an energy of 7385(5) keV, is assigned as the α decay from 226U to the first excited 2+ state of 222Th. The second line, observed for the first time in this work, has an energy of 6961(30) keV and is assigned as the α decay from 230Pu to the first excited 2+ state of 226U. The excitation energy of the first excited 2+ state in 226U was determined to be 96(25) keV, giving an estimate of the deformation parameter β2≃ 0.20.
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