Nuclear structure of 82 Kr and 82 Se relevant for neutrinoless double-beta decay

Conference Paper

Nuclear Resonance Fluorescence (NRF) experiments on the nuclei 82Kr and 82Se were performed, that are a candidates for a mother-daughter pair for the hypothetical neutrinoless double-beta (0νββ) decay. The experiment aimed at providing high-precision data to benchmark theoretical calculations of the nuclear matrix elements involved in this exotic decay mode. We have investigated the excitation energy range from 2.3MeV to 4.2MeV, where the nuclear scissors mode is expected to be located in nuclei of this mass region. Our experiment was able to constrain decay branches of the scissors mode down to a level of a few percents, comparable to previous experiments on heavy deformed 0νββ decay candidates. Reduced transition strengths of the magnetic dipole-excited states have been determined by a method that exploits the non-resonant background in the NRF spectra. They are compared to a calculation within the nuclear shell model for 82Se, which reveals their mixed orbital and spin character, hinting at a more complex microscopic structure of low-lying 1+ states.

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Cited Authors

  • Gayer, U; Werner, V; Beck, T; Finch, S; Kleemann, J; Krishichayan, ; Löher, B; Papst, O; Pietralla, N; Ries, PC; Savran, D; Weinert, M; Tornow, W

Published Date

  • November 14, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 194 /

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2100-014X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2101-6275

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1051/epjconf/201819402004

Citation Source

  • Scopus