133In: A Rosetta Stone for decays of r-process nuclei

Z. Y. Xu, M. Madurga, R. Grzywacz, T. T. King, A. Algora, A. N. Andreyev, J. Benito, T. Berry, M. J. G. Borge, C. Costache, H. De Witte, A. Fijalkowska, L. M. Fraile, H. O. U. Fynbo, A. Gottardo, C. Halverson, L. J. Harkness-Brennan, J. Heideman, M. Huyse, A. Illana, Ł. Janiak, D. S. Judson, A. Korgul, T. Kurtukian-Nieto, I. Lazarus, R. Lică, R. Lozeva, N. Marginean, R. Marginean, C. Mazzocchi, C. Mihai, R. E. Mihai, A. I. Morales, R. D. Page, J. Pakarinen, M. Piersa-Siłkowska, Zs. Podolyák, P. Sarriguren, M. Singh, Ch. Sotty, M. Stepaniuk, O. Tengblad, A. Turturica, P. Van Duppen, V. Vedia, S. Viñals, N. Warr, R. Yokoyama, C. X. Yuan
Nuclear Experiment, Nuclear Experiment (nucl-ex), Nuclear Theory (nucl-th)
2023-06-01 16:00:00
The $\beta$ decays from both the ground state and a long-lived isomer of $^{133}$In were studied at the ISOLDE Decay Station (IDS). With a hybrid detection system sensitive to $\beta$, $\gamma$, and neutron spectroscopy, the comparative partial half-lives (logft) have been measured for all their dominant $\beta$-decay channels for the first time, including a low-energy Gamow-Teller transition and several First-Forbidden (FF) transitions. Uniquely for such a heavy neutron-rich nucleus, their $\beta$ decays selectively populate only a few isolated neutron unbound states in $^{133}$Sn. Precise energy and branching-ratio measurements of those resonances allow us to benchmark $\beta$-decay theories at an unprecedented level in this region of the nuclear chart. The results show good agreement with the newly developed large-scale shell model (LSSM) calculations. The experimental findings establish an archetype for the $\beta$ decay of neutron-rich nuclei southeast of $^{132}$Sn and will serve as a guide for future theoretical development aiming to describe accurately the key $\beta$ decays in the rapid-neutron capture (r-) process.
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