Competing Decay Modes of a High-spin Isomer in the Proton-unbound Nucleus 158Ta

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Competing Decay Modes of a High-spin Isomer in the Proton-unbound Nucleus 158Ta

An isomeric state at high spin and excitation energy was recently observed in the proton-unbound nucleus 158Ta. This state was observed to decay by both α and γ decay modes. The large spin change required to decay via γ-ray emission incurs a lifetime long enough for α decay to compete. The α decay has an energy of 8644(11) keV, which is among the highest observed in the region, a partial half-life of 440(70) µs and changes the spin by 11~. In this paper, additional evidence supporting the assignment of this α decay to the high-spin isomer in 158Ta will be presented.

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