Department of Physics



The exotic nuclei and beams group studies properties of nuclei employing Penning-trap mass spectrometry as well as laser and decay spectroscopy at the IGISOL-4 facility.

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JYFLTRAP - A part of IGISOL system.

The exotic nuclei and beams group, aka the IGISOL group is a part of the Center of Excellence (CoE) of the Academy of Finland.  We are performing our studies locally at the Jyväskylä Ion Guide Isotope Separator On-Line (IGISOL) facility, as well as at a number of other laboratories such as the ISOLDE facility in CERN, at GANIL and in Helmholzzentrum GSI, the location of the future radioactive beam facility FAIR. We are also actively involved in work to support the development of international future facilities EURISOL and aforementioned FAIR, which we have done in close collaboration with HIP, the Helsinki Institute of Physics.  An important form of our international collaboration is also participation in research networks.

The research at the IGISOL facility in Jyväskylä since early 1980's until 2010 has recently been pictured in a laboratory portrait: "Three decades of research at IGISOL", whose articles are published in special issues of European Physical Journal A and Hyperfine Interactions.

  • Group members »
    • Ari Jokinen, professor
    • Iain Moore, professor
    • Juha Äystö, professor emeritus
    • Anu Kankainen, academy research fellow
    • Tommi Eronen, academy research fellow
    • Heikki Penttilä, senior researcher
    • Sami Rinta-Antila, senior researcher
    • Mikael Reponen, academy postdoctoral researcher
    • Dmitrii Nesterenko, postdoctoral researcher
    • Annika Voss, postdoctoral researcher
    • Laetitita Canete, doctoral student
    • Jani Hakala, doctoral student 
    • Ilkka Pohjalainen, doctoral student
    • Sarina Geldhof, doctoral student
    • Markus Vilén, doctoral student
    • Juuso Reinikainen, MSc student
    • Antti Takkinen, MSc student
    • Sara El Youbi, MSc student
    • Afrina Khanam, MSc student
  • Technical developments
    • Laser developments 2015 »

      A new setup to perform saturated absorption spectroscopy has been developed and used in connection with a rubidium-filled reference cell. This allows for Doppler-free spectroscopy with a resolution limited only by the power-broadened linewidth of the atomic transition. By measuring the well-known hyperfine structure of the D1 line of rubidium, the free spectral range of two Fabry-Pérot Interferometers has been measured.

      In 2015 the “nuClock” consortium received notification from the EU that the application to the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET-OPEN) call in Horizon 2020 was successful. With a goal of developing a nuclear clock based on a unique low-energy nuclear transition in 229Th, the first objective is to find clear evidence of the transition. As a partner in the consortium, we have hired Sarina Geldhof to work as a PhD student on the project. The first 232Th samples for testing at IGISOL arrived from Vienna in December.

    • Developments for neutron-induced fission 2015 »

      Some fission yield measurements and theoretical calculations propose that fast neutron-induced fission of natural uranium would be beneficial over proton-induced fission, normally utilised at the IGISOL facility to produce very neutron rich nuclei. Switching to neutrons is not straightforward, mostly because a vast amount of intensity is lost in the conversion of the proton beam into neutrons. 

      A prototype of a beryllium-based neutron converter has been constructed and the neutron production characterised. The neutron field was found to be in accordance with simulations. In 2015, the first tests with a neutron-induced fission ion guide took place.

      The work has been performed in collaboration with Uppsala University. In particular, the simulations of the ion stopping and the neutron production made by Uppsala colleagues have been most useful in this project.

  • Recent research
    • I-187  Collinear laser spectroscopy of long-lived Pu isotopes »
    • I-199: Quantum-state selective decay spectroscopy: Proton decay branch of 53Com »
    • I-207: Single and double beta decay Q-value of 96Zr »

      The neutrinoless double beta (0νββ) decay is currently of significant interest in nuclear and particle physics. An observation of this decay mode not only gives insight into the nature of the neutrino but also provides information about its absolute mass scale. The critical quantity which enters in theoretical model calculations is the nuclear matrix element [1]. It describes the underlying nuclear physics, and because of its complexity, neither the matrix elements nor the adequacy of the models can be easily assessed.

      We measured the single and double beta decay Q-value of 96Zr. This nucleus has the third largest ββ Q-value, topped only by 48Ca and 150Nd. Furthermore, it is also one of the two nuclides (the other is 48Ca) unstable against single β-decay. If single β-decay is observed in either of these systems, matrix element calculations can be directly tested for double beta decay. Presently, the matrix element is only theoretically determined. Its value has been calculated within the framework of the QRPA model by J. Suhonen’s group.

      Just prior to our work, the 96Zr double beta decay Q-value was measured with Michigan State University's LEBIT trap to be nearly 7 keV higher [2] than in the most recent atomic mass evaluation (AME2012 [3]). Whether this discrepancy would be manifest also in the single beta decay Q-value was still to be confirmed. The measurement imposed an experimental challenge since 96Zr and96Nb are separated by only about 1.8 parts per million in mass. Although challenging, the two were separated with the in-house developed Ramsey cleaning method [4].

      No discrepancy in the single β-decay Q-value was found. The precision of the value was, nevertheless, improved by 20-fold. The 7 keV discrepancy found by the LEBIT group in the ββ Q-value was confirmed.

      This project was done in collaboration with the University of Münster, Calgary, Bratislava and with JYFL J. Suhonen's theory group.

      [1] J. Shone, et al., J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 39 (2012) 124005, doi:10.1088/0954-3899/39/12/124005
      [2] K. Gulyuz, et al., Phys. Rev. C 91, 055501 (2015), doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.91.055501
      [3]  G. Audi, et al. , Chinese physics C 36(12) 1157 (2012).
      [4] T. Eronen, et al., Nuclear Instr. and Methods B 266 (2008) 4527–4531, doi:10.1016/j.nimb.2008.05.076.

    • I-200: The first Penning-trap mass measurement of the TZ=-3/2 nucleus 31Cl »
  • Recent publications
    • 10/2017. A. Voss, et al.: High-resolution laser spectroscopy of long-lived plutonium isotopes Physical Review A 95, 032506 (2017) - DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.95.032506 Submitted on 8 December 2016, published 24 March 2017
      Authors A. Voss, V. Sonnenschein, P. Campbell, B. Cheal, T. Kron, I.D. Moore, I. Pohjalainen, S. Raeder, N. Trautmann, K. Wendt
      Abstract Long-lived isotopes of plutonium were studied using two complementary techniques, high-resolution resonance ionisation spectroscopy (HR-RIS) and collinear laser spectroscopy (CLS). Isotope shifts have been measured on the 5f6 7s2 7F0 → 5f5 6d2 7s (J=1) and 5f6 7s2 7F1 → 5f6 7s 7p (J=2) atomic transitions using the HR-RIS method and the hyperfine factors have been extracted for the odd mass nuclei 239,241Pu. Collinear laser spectroscopy was performed on the 5f6 7s 8F 1/2 →J=1/2(27523.61cm−1 ) ionic transition with the hyperfine A factors measured for 239Pu. Changes in mean-squared charge radii have been extracted and show a good agreement with previous non-optical methods, with an uncertainty improvement by approximately one order of magnitude. Plutonium represents the heaviest element studied to date using collinear laser spectroscopy.
      Acknowledgements We thank P. Thörle-Pospiech and J. Runke for preparing the Pu filaments. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 654002, the Academy of Finland under the Finnish Centre of Excellence Programme 2012–2017 (Project No. 251353, Nuclear and Accelerator-Based Physics Research at Jyfl), the Sciences and Technology Facilities Council (Stfc) of the United Kingdom, the Fwo-Vlaanderen (Belgium), Goa/2010/010 (Bof KU Leuven), the Iap Belgian Science Policy (BriX network P7/12) and a Grant from the European Research Council (Erc-2011-Adg-291561-Helios).
    • 9/2017. P. V. Bilous, et al.: Internal conversion from excited electronic states of 229Th ions > Editor's Suggestion Physical Review A 95, 032503 (2017) - DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.95.032503 Submitted on 22 December 2016, published 13 March 2017
      Authors Pavlo V. Bilous, Georgy A. Kazakov, Iain D. Moore, Thorsten Schumm, and Adriana Palffy
      Abstract The process of internal conversion from excited electronic states is investigated theoretically for the case of the vacuum-ultraviolet nuclear transition of 229Th. Due to the very low transition energy, the 229Th nucleus offers the unique possibility to open the otherwise forbidden internal conversion nuclear decay channel for thorium ions via optical laser excitation of the electronic shell. We show that this feature can be exploited to investigate the isomeric state properties via observation of internal conversion from excited electronic configurations of Th+ and Th2+ ions. A possible experimental realization of the proposed scenario at the nuclear laser spectroscopy facility IGISOL in Jyväskylä, Finland is discussed.
      Acknowledgements The authors gratefully acknowledge funding by the EU FET-Open project 664732.
    • 8/2017. R. P. Groote, et al.: Efficient, high-resolution laser ionization spectroscopy using weak transitions to long-lived excited states Physical Review A 95, 032502 (2017) - DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.95.032502 Submitted on 2 December 2016, published 7 March 2017
      Authors R. P. de Groote, M. Verlinde, V. Sonnenschein, K. T. Flanagan, I. Moore, and G. Neyens
      Abstract Laser spectroscopic studies on minute samples of exotic radioactive nuclei require very efficient experimental techniques. In addition, high resolving powers are required to allow extraction of nuclear structure information. Here we demonstrate that by using weak atomic transitions, resonance laser ionization spectroscopy is achieved with the required high efficiency (1%–10%) and precision (linewidths of tens of MHz). We illustrate experimentally and through the use of simulations how the narrow experimental linewidths are achieved and how distorted resonance ionization spectroscopy line shapes can be avoided. The role of the delay of the ionization laser pulse with respect to the excitation laser pulse is crucial: the use of a delayed ionization step permits the best resolving powers and line shapes. A high efficiency is maintained if the intermediate level has a lifetime that is at least of the order of the excitation laser pulse width. A model that describes this process reproduces well the observed features and will help to optimize the conditions for future experiments. The simulation code is available upon request to the authors.
      Acknowledgements We acknowledge the support of the ISOLDE collaboration and technical teams. We are grateful to the COLLAPS collaboration for the use of their cw Ti:sapphire laser system and WaveTrain doubling unit. We thank W. Gins for fruitful discussions and for comparisons to simulations with rate equation codes. Thisworkwas supported by the BriX Research Program No. P7/12 and FWO-Vlaanderen (Belgium) and GOA 15/010 from KU Leuven, ERC Consolidator Grant No. 648381, the Science and Technology Facilities Council Consolidated Grant No. ST/F012071/1 and Continuation Grant No. ST/J000159/1, and the EU Seventh Framework through ENSAR (506065). K.T.F. was supported by STFC Advanced Fellowship Scheme Grant No. ST/G006415/1. This work was also supported by the Academy of Finland under the Center of Excellence Programme 2012–2017 (Nuclear and Accelerator Based Physics Research at JYFL).
    • 7/2017. V. Guadilla, et al.: Characterization of a cylindrical plastic β-detector with Monte Carlo simulations of optical photons =""> Nucl. Instrum. and Methods A 854 (2017) 134 –138 - DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2017.02.047 Submitted on 14 November 2016 , accepted 14 February 2017, published online 16 February 2017
      Authors V. Guadilla, A. Algora, J. L. Tain, J. Agramunt, J. Äystö J. A. Briz, A. Cucoanes, T. Eronen, M. Estienne, M. Fallot, L. M. Fraile, E. Ganioglu, W. Gelletly, D. Gorelov, J. Hakala, A.Jokinen, D. Jordan, A.Kankainen, V. Kolhinen, J. Koponen, M. Lebois, T. Martinez, M.Monserrate, A. Montaner-Piza, I. Moore, E.Nacher, S. Orrigo, H. Penttilä, I. Pohjalainen, A.Porta, J. Reinikainen, M. Reponen, S. Rinta-Antila, B. Rubio, K. Rytkönen, T. Shiba, V. Sonnenschein, A. A. Sonzogni, E. Valencia, V. Vedia, A. Voss, J. N. Wilson, A. -A. Zakari-Issoufou
      Abstract In this work we report on the Monte Carlo study performed to reproduce experimental measurements of a new plastic-detector with cylindrical geometry. Since energy deposition simulations differ from the experimental measurements for such a complex geometry, we show how the simulation of production and transport of optical photons does allow one to obtain the shapes of the experimental spectra. Moreover, taking into account the computational effort associated with this kind of simulation, we develop a method to convert the simulations of energy deposited into light collected, depending only on the interaction point in the detector. This method represents a useful solution when extensive simulations have to be done, as in the case of the calculation of the response function in a total absorption gamma-ray spectroscopy analysis.
      Acknowledgements This work has been supported by the Spanish Ministerio de Economıa y Competitividad under the FPA2011-24553, the AIC-A-2011-0696, the FPA2014-52823-C2-1-P and the SEV-20140398 Grants, by the European Commission under the FP7/EURATOM contract 605203, and by the Spanish Ministerio de Educacion under the FPU12/01527 Grant. Helpful discussions with P. Schotanus (Scionix) and the development of the detector by Scionix are also acknowledged.
    • 6/2017. S. Kelly, et al.: Laser spectroscopy with an electrostatic ConeTrap Hyperfine Interact (2017) 238:42 - DOI: 10.1007/s10751-017-1412-z Published 23 February 2017
      Authors S. Kelly, P. Campbell, B. Cheal, T. Eronen, S. Geldhof, A. Jokinen, I. D. Moore, H. Penttilä , I. Pohjalainen, S. Rinta-Antila, V. Sonnenschein, A. Voss
      Abstract A compact electrostatic trap has been designed and installed as part of the recent upgrades to the IGISOL IV facility. The ConeTrap provides an in vacuo optical pumping site for low energy (800 eV) ionic ensembles available for interaction periods of 10-100 ms. At present, 6.7(3) % of injected mass A=98 ions can be trapped, stored for 5 ms, extracted and transported to a laser-ion interaction region. This fraction represents those ions for which no perturbation to total energy or energy spread is observed. Proposed enhancements to the trap are designed to improve the trapping efficiency by up to a factor of 5. Differential pumping and reduction in background pressure below the present 10−6 mbar will extend storage times beyond 100 ms.
    • 5/2017. R. Ferrer, et al.: Resonance ionisation in a supersonic gas jet: towards high-resolution laser spectroscopy of the heaviest elements Nature Commun. 8 (2017) 14520 - DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14520 Submitted on 25 August 2016 , accepted 9 January 2017, published 22 February 2017
      Authors R. Ferrer, A. Barzakh, B. Bastin, R. Beerwerth, M. Block, P. Creemers, H. Grawe, R. de Groote, P. Delahaye, X. Fléchard, S. Franchoo, S. Fritzsche, L. P. Gaffney, L. Ghys, W. Gins, C. Granados, R. Heinke, L. Hijazi, M. Huyse, T. Kron, Yu. Kudryavtsev, M. Laatiaoui, N. Lecesne, M. Loiselet, F. Lutton, I. D. Moore, Y. Martínez, E. Mogilevskiy, P. Naubereit, J. Piot, S. Raeder, S. Rothe, H. Savajols, S. Sels, V. Sonnenschein, J-C Thomas, E. Traykov, C. Van Beveren, P. Van den Bergh, P. Van Duppen, K. Wendt, A. Zadvornaya
      Abstract Resonant laser ionization and spectroscopy are widely used techniques at radioactive ion beam facilities to produce pure beams of exotic nuclei and measure the shape, size, spin and electromagnetic multipole moments of these nuclei. However, in such measurements it is difficult to combine a high efficiency with a high spectral resolution. Here we demonstrate the on-line application of atomic laser ionization spectroscopy in a supersonic gas jet, a technique suited for high-precision studies of the ground- and isomeric-state properties of nuclei located at the extremes of stability. The technique is characterized in a measurement on actinium isotopes around the N=126 neutron shell closure. A significant improvement in the spectral resolution by more than one order of magnitude is achieved in these experiments without loss in efficiency.
    • 4/2017. M. Czerwiński, et al.: Penning-trap-assisted study of excitations in 88Br populated in β decay of 88Se Phys. Rev. C 95, 024321 - DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.95.024321 - Submitted on 16 September 2016 , published 22 February 2017
      Authors M. Czerwiński, K. Sieja, T. Rząca-Urban, W. Urban, A. Płochocki, J. Kurpeta, J. Wiśniewski, H. Penttilä, A. Jokinen, S. Rinta-Antila, L. Canete, T. Eronen, J. Hakala, A. Kankainen, V. S. Kolhinen, J. Koponen, I. D. Moore, I. Pohjalainen, J. Reinikainen, V. Simutkin, A. Voss, I. Murray, and C. Nobs
      Abstract Excited levels of 88Br populated in the β decay of 88Se have been studied by means of βγ and γγ spectroscopy methods. Neutron-rich parent 88Se nuclei were produced with proton-induced fission of 238U using the Ion Guide Isotope Separator On-Line (IGISOL) method and separated from contaminants using a dipole magnet and the coupled JYFLTRAP Penning trap at the Accelerator Laboratory of the University of Jyväskylä. The level scheme of 88Br has been constructed and logft values of levels were determined. The ground-state spin of 88Br is now firmly determined to be 1−. Low-energy levels in 88Br were interpreted as members of the πp3/2(νd5/2)3, πp3/2−1(νd5/2)3, πf5/2−1(νd5/2)3, and πg9/2νg7/2 multiplets. The shell-model calculations performed in this work reproduce well the experimental results.
      Acknowledgements This work has been supported by the Polish National Science Centre under Contracts No. DEC-2013/09/B/ST2/03485 and No. DEC-2015/16/T/ST2/00340, and by the Academy of Finland under the Finnish Centre of Excellence Programme 2012-2017 (Project No. 251353, Nuclear and Accelerator-Based Physics Research at JYFL).
    • 3/2017. E. Valencia, et al.: Total Absorption γ-Ray Spectroscopy of 87Br, 88Br and 94Rb β-Delayed Neutron Emitters Phys. Rev. C 95, 024320 - DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.95.024320 - Submitted on 16 September 2016 , published 21 February 2017
      Authors E. Valencia, J. L. Tain, A. Algora, J. Agramunt, E. Estevez, M.D. Jordan, B. Rubio , S. Rice, P. Regan, W. Gelletly, Z. Podoly´ak, M. Bowry, P. Mason, G. F. Farrelly , A. Zakari-Issoufou, M. Fallot, A. Porta, V. M. Bui, J. Rissanen, T. Eronen, I. Moore, H. Penttilä, J. Äystö, V.-V. Elomaa, J. Hakala, A. Jokinen, V. S. Kolhinen, M. Reponen, V. Sonnenschein , D. Cano-Ott, A. R. Garcia, T. Mart´ınez, E. Mendoza , R. Caballero-Folch, B. Gomez-Hornillos, V. Gorlichev, F. G. Kondev , A. A. Sonzogni, L. Batist
      Abstract We investigate the decay of 87,88Br and 94Rb using total absorption γ-ray spectroscopy. These important fission products are β-delayed neutron emitters. Our data shows considerable βγ-intensity, so far unobserved in high-resolution γ-ray spectroscopy, from states at high excitation energy. We also find significant differences with the β intensity that can be deduced from existing measurements of the β spectrum. We evaluate the impact of the present data on reactor decay heat using summation calculations. Although the effect is relatively small it helps to reduce the discrepancy between calculations and integral measurements of the photon component for 235U fission at cooling times in the range 1 − 100 s. We also use summation calculations to evaluate the impact of present data on reactor antineutrino spectra. We find a significant effect at antineutrino energies in the range of 5 to 9 MeV. In addition, we observe an unexpected strong probability for γ emission from neutron unbound states populated in the daughter nucleus. The γ branching is compared to Hauser-Feshbach calculations which allow to explain the large value for bromine isotopes as due to nuclear structure. However the branching for 94Rb although much smaller hints to the need of increasing the radiative width Γγ by one order of magnitude. This leads to a similar increase in the calculated (n,γ) cross section for this very neutron-rich nucleus with a potential impact on r process abundance calculations.
      Acknowledgements This work was supported by Spanish Ministerio de Econom´ıa y Competitividad under grants FPA2008-06419, FPA2010-17142, FPA2011- 24553, FPA2014-52823-C2-1P,CPAN CSD-2007-00042 (Ingenio2010) and the program Severo Ochoa (SEV-2014-0398). WG would like to thank the University of Valencia for support. This work was supported by the Academy of Finland under the Finnish Centre of Excellence Programme 2012-2017 (Project No. 213503, Nuclear and Accelerator-Based Physics Research at JYFL). Work supported by EPSRC( UK) and STFC(UK). Work partially supported by the European Commission under the FP7/EURATOM contract 605203. We thank D. Lhuillier for making available in digital form data tabulated in Ref. [60].
    • 2/2017. T. Eronen, et al.: QECvalue of the Superallowed β-Emitter 42Sc Phys. Rev. C 95, 025501 - DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.95.025501 - Submitted on 23 November 2016 , published 10 February 2017
      Authors T. Eronen, J.C. Hardy, L. Canete, A. Jokinen, J. Hakala, A. Kankainen, V. S. Kolhinen, J. Koponen, I.D. Moore, I.M. Murray, H. Penttilä, I. Pohjalainen, O. Poleshchuk, J. Reinikainen, S. Rinta-Antila, N. Soukouti, A. Voss, and J. Äystö
      Abstract The QEC value of the superallowed β+-emitter 42Sc has been measured with the JYFLTRAP Penning-trap mass spectrometer at the University of Jyväskylä to be 6426.350(53) keV. This result is at least a factor of four more precise than all previous measurements, which were also inconsistent with one another. As a byproduct we determine the excitation energy of the 7+-isomeric state in 42Sc to be 616.762(46) keV, which deviates by 8 sigma from the previous measurement.
      Acknowledgements This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Nuclear Physics, under Award Number DE-FG03- 93ER40773, by the Welch Foundation under Grant No.A-1397, and by the Academy of Finland under the Finnish Centre of Excellence Programme 2012-2017 (Nuclear and Accelerator Based Physics Research at JYFL). A.K. and L.C. acknowledge the support from the Academy of Finland under project No. 275389.
    • 1/2017. S. Geldhof, et al.: Development of a saturated absorption spectroscopy setup at IGISOL for characterisation of Fabry-Pérot interferometers Hyperfine Interact (2017) 238: 7 - DOI: 10.1007/s10751-016-1385-3 - Published online 19 December 2016
      Authors S. Geldhof, S. El Youbi, I. D. Moore, I. Pohjalainen, V. Sonnenschein, R. Terabayashi, A. Voss
      Abstract A saturated absorption spectroscopy setup was developed and optimised for the characterisation of a home-built and a commercial Fabry-Pérot interferometer (FPI). The free spectral range of these FPIs has been determined with reliable statistical and systematic errors. These FPIs will be used for accurate wavelength determination of broad- and narrowband pulsed Ti:sapphire lasers used in resonance ionisation spectroscopy experiments.
      Acknowledgements This work has been supported by the Academy of Finland programme under the Finnish Centre of Excellence Programme 2012-2017 (Project No. 251353, Nuclear and Accelerator-Based Physics Research at JYFL).
      Other This article is part of the Topical Collection on Proceedings of the 10th International Workshop on Application of Lasers and Storage Devices in Atomic Nuclei Research: ”Recent Achievements and Future Prospects” (LASER 2016), Poznań, Poland, 16–19 May 2016
    • 25/2016. H. Heylen, et al.: Changes in nuclear structure along the Mn isotopic chain studied via charge radii Submitted 16 September 2016; published 28 November 2016
      H. Heylen, C. Babcock, R. Beerwerth, J. Billowes, M. L. Bissell, K. Blaum, J. Bonnard, P. Campbell, B. Cheal, T. Day Goodacre, D. Fedorov, S. Fritzsche, R. F. Garcia Ruiz, W. Geithner, Ch. Geppert, W. Gins, L. K. Grob, M. Kowalska, K. Kreim, S. M. Lenzi, I. D. Moore, B. Maass, S. Malbrunot-Ettenauer, B. Marsh, R. Neugart, G. Neyens, W. Nörtershäuser, T. Otsuka, J. Papuga, R. Rossel, S. Rothe, R. Sánchez, Y. Tsunoda, C. Wraith, L. Xie, X. F. Yang, and D. T. Yordanov
      Physical Review C 94, 054321 (2016)
      DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.94.054321
      Abstract The hyperfine spectra of 51,53−64Mn were measured in two experimental runs using collinear laser spectroscopy at ISOLDE, CERN. Laser spectroscopy was performed on the atomic 3d54s26S5/2 → 3d54s 4p 6P3/2 and ionic 3d54s 5S2 → 3d54p 5P3 transitions, yielding two sets of isotope shifts. The mass and field shift factors for both transitions have been calculated in the multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock framework and were combined with a King plot analysis in order to obtain a consistent set of mean-square charge radii which, together with earlier work on neutron-deficient Mn, allow the study of nuclear structure changes from N=25 across N=28 up to N=39. A clear development of deformation is observed towards N=40, confirming the conclusions of the nuclear moments studies. From a Monte Carlo shell-model study of the shape in the Mn isotopic chain, it is suggested that the observed development of deformation is not only due to an increase in static prolate deformation but also due to shape fluctuations and triaxiality. The changes in mean-square charge radii are well reproduced using the Duflo-Zuker formula except in the case of large deformation.
    • 24/2016. M. Alanssari, et al.: High-sensitivity study of levels in 30Al following β decay of 30Mg Submitted 16 August 2016; published 21 November 2016
      B. Olaizola, H. Mach, L. M. Fraile, J. Benito, M. J. G. Borge, R. Boutami, P. A. Butler, Z. Dlouhy, H. O. U. Fynbo, P. Hoff, S. Hyldegaard, H. B. Jeppesen, A. Jokinen, C. Jollet, A. Korgul, U. Köster, Th. Kröll, W. Kurcewicz, F. Marechal, J. Mrazek, T. Nilsson, W. A. Płóciennik, E. Ruchowska, R. Schuber, W. Schwerdtfeger, M. Sewtz, G. S. Simpson, M. Stanoiu, O. Tengblad, P. G. Thirolf, and D. T. Yordanov
      Physical Review C 94, 054318 (2016)
      DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.94.054318
      Abstract γ-ray and fast-timing spectroscopy were used to study levels in 30Al populated following the β- decay of 30Mg. Five new transitions and three new levels were located in 30Al. A search was made to identify the third 1+ state expected at an excitation energy of ∼2.5 MeV. Two new levels were found, at 3163.9 and 3362.5 keV, that are firm candidates for this state. Using the advanced time-delayed (ATD) βγγ(t) method we have measured the lifetime of the 243.8-keV state to be T1/2=15(4)ps, which implies that the 243.8-keV transition is mainly of M1 character. Its fast B(M1;2+→3+) value of 0.10(3) W.u. is in very good agreement with the USD shell-model prediction of 0.090 W.u. The 1801.5-keV level is the only level observed in this study that could be a candidate for the second excited 2+ state.
      Acknowledgements We would like to acknowledge our colleague Henryk Mach, who recently passed away, for his invaluable contributions to the field of β decay and fast-timing spectroscopy. We appreciate not only his outstanding scientific work, but also his tireless effort as our mentor. He will be sorely missed. Fast-timing detectors and electronics were provided by the Fast Timing Collaboration. This work was supported in part by the Spanish MINECO through the FPA2013-41467-P, FPA2015-64969-P, and FPA2015-65035-P projects, Grupo de F´ısica Nuclear (GFN) at UCM and by the NuPNET network FATIMA via the PRI-PIMNUP-2011-1338 project. Support by the European Union Sixth Framework Programme through RII3-EURONS (Contract No. 506065) is acknowledged.
    • 23/2016. T. Eronen, A. Kankainen, J. Äystö: Ion traps in nuclear physics—Recent results and achievements Published 1 November 2016
      T. Eronen, A. Kankainen, J. Äystö
      Progress in Particle and Nuclear Physics 91, 259-293 (2016)
      DOI: 10.1016/j.ppnp.2016.08.001
      Abstract Ion traps offer a way to determine nuclear binding energies through atomic mass measurements with a high accuracy and they are routinely used to provide isotopically or even isomerically pure beams of short-living ions for post-trap decay spectroscopy experiments. In this review, different ion-trapping techniques and progresses in recent nuclear physics experiments employing low-energy ion traps are discussed. The main focus in this review is on the benefit of recent high accuracy mass measurements to solve some key problems in physics related to nuclear structure, nuclear astrophysics as well as neutrinos. Also, several cases of decay spectroscopy experiments utilizing trap-purified ion samples are summarized.
      Acknowledgements The authors would like to thank Prof. Ari Jokinen for fruitful discussions. This work has been supported by the Academy of Finland under the Finnish Centre of Excellence Programme 2012–2017 (Nuclear and Accelerator Based Physics Research at JYFL). AK acknowledges the support from the Academy of Finland under Grant No. 275389.
    • 22/2016. P. Papadakis, et al.: Development of a low-energy radioactive ion beam facility for the MARA separator Published online 24 October 2016
      Philippos Papadakis, Iain Moore, Ilkka Pohjalainen, Jan Sar´en, Juha Uusitalo
      Hyperfine Interact (2016) 237:152
      DOI: 10.1007/s10751-016-1364-8
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      Acknowledgements The research leading to these results has received funding from the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under REA grant agreement n◦ 626518 and the Academy of Finland under the Finnish Centre of Excellence Programme 2012-2017 (Nuclear and Accelerator Based Physics).
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      DOI: 10.1140/epjp/i2016-16272-6
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