Dawning of the N=32 Shell Closure Seen through Precision Mass Measurements of Neutron-Rich Titanium Isotopes

E. Leistenschneider*, M. P. Reiter, S. Ayet San Andrés, B. Kootte, J. D. Holt, P. Navrátil, C. Babcock, C. Barbieri, B. R. Barquest, J. Bergmann, J. Bollig, T. Brunner, E. Dunling, A. Finlay, H. Geissel, L. Graham, F. Greiner, H. Hergert, C. Hornung, C. JeschR. Klawitter, Y. Lan, D. Lascar, K. G. Leach, W. Lippert, J. E. McKay, S. F. Paul, A. Schwenk, D. Short, J. Simonis, V. Somà, R. Steinbrügge, S. R. Stroberg, R. Thompson, M. E. Wieser, C. Will, M. Yavor, C. Andreoiu, T. Dickel, I. Dillmann, G. Gwinner, W. R. Plaß, C. Scheidenberger, A. A. Kwiatkowski, J. Dilling

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A precision mass investigation of the neutron-rich titanium isotopes Ti51-55 was performed at TRIUMF's Ion Trap for Atomic and Nuclear science (TITAN). The range of the measurements covers the N=32 shell closure, and the overall uncertainties of the Ti52-55 mass values were significantly reduced. Our results conclusively establish the existence of the weak shell effect at N=32, narrowing down the abrupt onset of this shell closure. Our data were compared with state-of-the-art ab initio shell model calculations which, despite very successfully describing where the N=32 shell gap is strong, overpredict its strength and extent in titanium and heavier isotones. These measurements also represent the first scientific results of TITAN using the newly commissioned multiple-reflection time-of-flight mass spectrometer, substantiated by independent measurements from TITAN's Penning trap mass spectrometer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number062503
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 9 2018

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