Conversion Coefficient Measurements of 176Lu Using ICEBall

Doctoral Dissertation


We have studied the multipolarites of several transitions in the nucleus $^{176}$Lu. The synthesis of $^{176}$Lu in stellar environments is through the slow (s-) neutron capture process. The s-process is responsible for the creation of 50\% of the heavy elements and 15-20 nuclei in the s-process are s-process branching points. Branching points determine if the synthesis path will $eta$-decay or neutron capture. The branching point $^{176}$Lu is only produced via the s-process only and has both a long-lived ground state ($K=7^{-}$) of 37.6 Gy and a short-lived isomeric state ($K=0^{-}$) at 3.6 h. There is no direct decay to both the isomer and ground state due to selection rules. However, an intermediate state was found at 839 keV in the $K=4^{-}$ band and another intermediate state in the $K=4^{+}$ band at 709 keV which communicate to both the isomer and ground state. The communication to both the isomer and ground state through the intermediate states affects the final abundances of $^{176}$Lu in stellar environments which is sensitive to temperature. The experiment was performed at the University of Notre Dame Nuclear Science Laboratory (NSL) using a $^{176}$Yb$(p,n)$ reaction at 7.75 MeV. Gamma-gamma and gamma-electron coincidences were measured for conversion coefficients using the Internal Conversion Electron Ball (ICEBall) array and two HPGe detectors (109\% relative efficiency of a 3'x 3’ NaI detector at 1332 keV). ICEBall was upgraded at the NSL for an improved efficiency from 6\%-15\% over $4pi$. A total of 40 conversion coefficients were measured and 35 multipolarities were assigned. 17 new conversion coefficients were measured and the corresponding multipolarities were assigned. Levels and spin assignments in both the $K=4^{+}$ band and $K=4^{-}$ band were verified in the intermediate states that are important for establishing a thermal equilibrium in the s-process.


Attribute NameValues
  • etd-04112015-133615

Author Anthony A. Battaglia
Advisor Ani Aprahamian
Contributor Mark Caprio, Committee Member
Contributor Ani Aprahamian, Committee Chair
Contributor Michael Hildreth, Committee Member
Contributor Maxime Brodeur, Committee Member
Degree Level Doctoral Dissertation
Degree Discipline Physics
Degree Name PhD
Defense Date
  • 2015-04-02

Submission Date 2015-04-11
  • United States of America

  • nuclear structure

  • conversion electron spectroscopy

  • 176Lu

  • gamma ray spectroscopy

  • nuclear astrophysics

  • lutetium-176

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

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