Laser Spectroscopy of Neutron-Rich Hg 207,208 Isotopes: Illuminating the Kink and Odd-Even Staggering in Charge Radii across the N=126 Shell Closure

T. Day Goodacre, A. V. Afanasjev, A. E. Barzakh, B. A. Marsh, S. Sels, P. Ring, H. Nakada, A. N. Andreyev, P. Van Duppen, N. A. Althubiti, B. Andel, D. Atanasov, J. Billowes, K. Blaum, T. E. Cocolios, J. G. Cubiss, G. J. Farooq-Smith, D. V. Fedorov, V. N. Fedosseev, K. T. FlanaganL. P. Gaffney, L. Ghys, M. Huyse, S. Kreim, D. Lunney, K. M. Lynch, V. Manea, Y. Martinez Palenzuela, P. L. Molkanov, M. Rosenbusch, R. E. Rossel, S. Rothe, L. Schweikhard, M. D. Seliverstov, P. Spagnoletti, C. Van Beveren, M. Veinhard, E. Verstraelen, A. Welker, K. Wendt, F. Wienholtz, R. N. Wolf, A. Zadvornaya, K. Zuber

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Abstract

The mean-square charge radii of Hg207,208 (Z=80, N=127, 128) have been studied for the first time and those of Hg202,203,206 (N=122, 123, 126) remeasured by the application of in-source resonance-ionization laser spectroscopy at ISOLDE (CERN). The characteristic kink in the charge radii at the N=126 neutron shell closure has been revealed, providing the first information on its behavior below the Z=82 proton shell closure. A theoretical analysis has been performed within relativistic Hartree-Bogoliubov and nonrelativistic Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov approaches, considering both the new mercury results and existing lead data. Contrary to previous interpretations, it is demonstrated that both the kink at N=126 and the odd-even staggering (OES) in its vicinity can be described predominately at the mean-field level and that pairing does not need to play a crucial role in their origin. A new OES mechanism is suggested, related to the staggering in the occupation of the different neutron orbitals in odd- and even-A nuclei, facilitated by particle-vibration coupling for odd-A nuclei.

Original languageEnglish
Article number032502
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume126
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 22 Jan 2021

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