Ground-State Electromagnetic Moments of Calcium Isotopes

Ground-State Electromagnetic Moments of Calcium Isotopes

R. F. Garcia Ruiz KU Leuven, Instituut voor Kern-en Stralingsfysica, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium    M. L. Bissell KU Leuven, Instituut voor Kern-en Stralingsfysica, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium    K. Blaum Max-Plank-Institut für Kernphysik, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany    N. Frmmgen Institut für Kernchemie, Universität Mainz, D-55128 Mainz, Germany    M. Hammen Institut für Kernchemie, Universität Mainz, D-55128 Mainz, Germany    J. D. Holt Institut für Kernphysik, Technische Universität Darmstadt, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany Extreme Matter Institute EMMI, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, 64291 Darmstadt, Germany TRIUMF, 4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 2A3, Canada    M. Kowalska CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research, Physics Department, CH-1211 Geneva 23, Switzerland    K. Kreim Max-Plank-Institut für Kernphysik, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany    J. Menéndez Institut für Kernphysik, Technische Universität Darmstadt, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany Extreme Matter Institute EMMI, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, 64291 Darmstadt, Germany Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, Hongo, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan    R. Neugart Max-Plank-Institut für Kernphysik, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany Institut für Kernchemie, Universität Mainz, D-55128 Mainz, Germany    G. Neyens KU Leuven, Instituut voor Kern-en Stralingsfysica, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium    W. Nrtershuser Institut für Kernphysik, Technische Universität Darmstadt, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany    F. Nowacki IPHC, IN2P3-CNRS and Universite Louis Pasteur, F-67037 Strasbourg, France    J. Papuga KU Leuven, Instituut voor Kern-en Stralingsfysica, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium    A. Poves Departamento de Física Teórica and IFT-UAM/CSIC, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, E-28049 Madrid, Spain    A. Schwenk Institut für Kernphysik, Technische Universität Darmstadt, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany Extreme Matter Institute EMMI, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, 64291 Darmstadt, Germany    J. Simonis Institut für Kernphysik, Technische Universität Darmstadt, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany Extreme Matter Institute EMMI, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, 64291 Darmstadt, Germany    D. T. Yordanov Max-Plank-Institut für Kernphysik, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany

High-resolution bunched-beam collinear laser spectroscopy was used to measure the optical hyperfine spectra of the Ca isotopes. The ground state magnetic moments of Ca and quadrupole moments of Ca were measured for the first time, and the Ca ground state spin was determined in a model-independent way. Our results provide a critical test of modern nuclear theories based on shell-model calculations using phenomenological as well as microscopic interactions. The results for the neutron-rich isotopes are in excellent agreement with predictions using interactions derived from chiral effective field theory including three-nucleon forces, while lighter isotopes illustrate the presence of particle-hole excitations of the Ca core in their ground state.

Collinear laser spectroscopy, exotic nuclei, moments and spin, calcium isotopes
preprint: COLLAPS/Ca spin and moments

The existence of doubly magic nuclei has played a key role in our understanding of nuclear structure. They have been the basis to develop the shell model, and are an ideal probe to test our knowledge of nuclear interactions by comparing experimental data with shell-model predictions Brown (2001); Caurier et al. (2005). Such shell-model calculations depend on the effective Hamiltonian used, a suitable valence space to capture the low-energy degrees of freedom, and consistent effective operators. Although effective charges and -factors are widely used in shell-model calculations, they are not completely understood. Furthermore, their orbital Valiente-Dobon et al. (2009) and valence-space Stetcu and Rotureau (2013) dependence and connection to two-body currents (meson-exchange currents), known to be important for magnetic moments in light nuclei Pastore et al. (2013), is under discussion.

Having a closed proton shell, , and two naturally occurring doubly magic isotopes, Ca and Ca, the calcium isotopic chain has always been considered a prime benchmark for nuclear structure, both from a theoretical Talmi (1962) and an experimental perspective King (1984). Recently, special attention has turned to the evolution of the structure beyond , where additional shell closures have been suggested at Wienholtz et al. (2013) and Steppenbeck et al. (2013). These neutron-rich calcium isotopes have also gained exceptional interest from the theoretical side Holt et al. (2012); Hagen et al. (2012); Roth et al. (2012); Somà et al. (2014); Holt et al. (2014), as their properties reveal new aspects of nuclear forces, in particular regarding the role of three-nucleon (3N) forces Holt et al. (2012); Hagen et al. (2012) (for a review on 3N forces see Hammer et al. (2013)).

Spectroscopic properties in the Ca region are well described by phenomenological shell-model interactions, such as KB3G Poves et al. (2001) and GXPF1A Honma et al. (2004). These interactions start from a Ca core and two-nucleon (NN) forces and refit part of the interactions to experimental data in the shell, to compensate for neglected many-body effects (both due to 3N and many-body correlations) Caurier et al. (2005). Normal and super-deformed bands in Ca have been understood as due to particle-hole excitations of protons and neutrons from the -shell into the -orbits, and have been well-described using the SDPF.SM shell model interaction starting from a virtual Si core Caurier et al. (2007). These calculations showed that the Ca ground state is very correlated. In the last years, valence-shell interactions have been derived from NN and 3N forces based on chiral effective field theory Holt et al. (2012), fitted only to few-nucleon systems. Investigating the reliability of these microscopic NN+3N interactions is a matter of general interest as they have direct implications for the modeling of astrophysical systems Helbert et al. (2013). The NN+3N interactions provide a good description of the shell structure and the spectra of neutron rich calcium isotopes in an extended valence space () Holt et al. (2014). The electric quadrupole () transitions obtained from both phenomenological and microscopic interactions exhibit good agreement using the neutron effective charge: . On the other hand, phenomenological interactions and NN+3N disagree in effective nucleon -factors needed to reproduce the magnetic () transition strengths Holt et al. (2014).

Despite the remarkable differences, both phenomenological and microscopic NN+3N interactions give a similar description of neutron separation (binding) energies and low-lying excitation energies of Ca isotopes from up to Wienholtz et al. (2013); Steppenbeck et al. (2013); Gallant et al. (2012). As illustrated in Isacker and Talmi (2011), such observables might however be insensitive to cross-shell correlations. Therefore, there is a need to measure additional observables like electromagnetic moments, which further test the above models and might provide a deeper insight to developing improved shell-model interactions.

Magnetic moments and -factors, , of isotopes near shell closures are very sensitive to the occupancy of particular orbitals by valence particles (or holes). The quadrupole moments on the other hand are directly sensitive to nuclear shell structure Townes et al. (1949). While the terms closed shell or magic number may lack a rigid definition, the electromagnetic moments provide a more direct probe of the structure involved including cross-shell effects Blin-Stoyle (1956); Neyens (2003).

In this Rapid Communication, we report the first measurements of the quadrupole moment of the closed shell isotope Ca, and the quadrupole and magnetic moment of the closed-shell +1 isotope Ca 111A previous value for the magnetic moment of Ca was suggested from a partial measurement of its hfs and assuming a value for its unknown isotope shift Vermeeren et al. (1993).. Also the magnetic and quadrupole moments of Ca, having a single-hole with respect to the new subshell closure, are presented, as well as its ground state (g.s.) spin. The experimental data are compared to shell-model calculations using phenomenological interactions, and to calculations including 3N forces based on chiral effective field theory.

At ISOLDE, CERN, exotic Ca isotopes were produced from nuclear reactions induced by a high-energy proton beam (1.4 GeV; pulses of 2 C typically every 2.4 s) impinging on a uranium carbide target. High selectivity for the Ca reaction products was accomplished by laser ionization Fedosseev et al. (2012). Ions were extracted from the ion source and accelerated up to 30 keV or 40 keV to be mass separated, after which they were injected into the ISOLDE radio-frequency quadrupole (RFQ) beam cooler, ISCOOL Mané et al. (2009). Ions were trapped for approximately 50 ms, and extracted bunches of 5 s temporal width were distributed to a dedicated beam line for collinear laser spectroscopy experiments (COLLAPS). At COLLAPS, the ion beam was superimposed with a continuous wave (CW) laser beam from a frequency-doubled Ti:Sa laser, providing a 393-nm laser wavelength to excite the transition in Ca. The laser frequency was locked to a Fabry-Perrot interferometer, which was in turn locked to a polarization-stabilized HeNe laser, reducing the laser frequency drift to  MHz per day.

Figure 1: Examples of hfs spectra measured for the Ca isotopes in the 393 nm ionic transition. The lines show the fit with a Voigt profile. Frequency values are relative to the centroid of Ca.

By changing the ion velocity, and thereby Doppler tuning the laser frequency in the ion rest frame, hyperfine structure (hfs) components could be scanned. Fluorescence photons were detected by a set of four photomultipliers (PMT) at the end of the beam line (see Refs. Papuga et al. (2013); Kreim et al. (2014) for details). By only accepting signals from the PMT whilst the ion bunch passed in front of them, background from scattered laser light and PMT dark counts was reduced by a factor of 10. Sample hfs spectra measured during the experiment are shown in Fig. 1. The magnetic hfs constants, , , and quadrupole hfs constants, , were extracted from the fit of Voigt profiles to the experimental spectra by using a -minimization technique as explained, e.g., in Ref. Kowalska et al. (2008). The values are listed in Table 1. Only Ca has been studied before in this ionic transition, and our values are in agreement within 1.1 standard deviations. For Ca and Ca, two measurements of the quadrupole hfs constants have been reported in the atomic level system, both relative to that of Ca Bergmann et al. (1980); Arnold et al. (1983), yielding the ratios , and . The -factor ratio equals the ratio of the quadrupole moments. Thus we can compare the ratio of our -values, measured in the ionic system , to the latter value. They are in agreement within the error bars.

(MHz) (MHz) (MHz)
43 7/2 -806.87(42) -31.10(30)
-806.40207160(8) Arbes et al. (1994)
-805(2) -31.9(2) Silverans et al. (1991)
-31.0(2) Nörtershauser et al. (1998)
45 7/2 -811.99(44) -31.43(19)
47 7/2 -860.96(28) -33.33(13)
49 3/2 -1971.02(30) -75.98(11)
51 3/2 -1499.22(94) -58.15(54)
Table 1: Hyperfine structure values obtained from the fit to the experimental data compared to previous measurements.

The nuclear spin, , is required to calculate each peak position in the minimization procedure. Since a different set of hfs constants is found for a given spin, the ratio, , can be used to determine the correct spin for each isotope, as this ratio should be a constant over the entire isotopic chain (neglecting a possible small hyperfine anomaly). As it can be seen from Fig. 2, the ratio remains constant along the Ca isotopes up to Ca, using the earlier determined g.s. spins in the fitting procedure. For Ca we assumed three possible spins for its ground state and only when is used, the ratio of the fitted hfs parameters is consistent with those from the other isotopes. Thus is the g.s. spin of Ca, confirming earlier tentative assignments Perrot et al. (2006); Fornal et al. (2008), and in agreement with expectations from the shell model.

Figure 2: Ratio between the hfs constants and . The continuous line shows the average value . Hyperfine structure spectra of Ca were fitted assuming different g.s. spin values of .

Magnetic moments were extracted from the lower state magnetic hfs constants, , where is the magnetic field produced by the electrons at the nucleus, and is the electronic total angular momentum. Since high-precision values of MHz Arbes et al. (1994) and Olschewski (1972) are known for Ca, this isotope was used as a reference to calculate the other magnetic moments from the measured -values. The results are shown in Table 2, where we compare our data to earlier reported values for Ca and Ca.

(b) (b) Ref.
(NN+3N) (NN+3N)
41 1.594781(9) Brun et al. (1962)
0.080(8) Arnold et al. (1983)
43 1.56 0.028(9) 0.0246 This work
1.3173(6)b Olschewski (1972)
0.043(9) Silverans et al. (1991)
0.049(5) Arnold et al. (1983)
0.0408(8) Sundholm and Olsen (1993)
0.0444(6) Sahoo (2009)
45 1.3264(13) 1.45 +0.020(7) +0.0252 This work
1.3278(9) Arnold et al. (1981)
+0.046(14) Arnold et al. (1983)
47 1.4064(11) 1.38 +0.084(6) +0.0856 This work
1.380(24) Andl et al. (1982)
49 1.3799(8) 1.40 0.036(3) 0.0422 This work
51 1.0496(11) 1.04 +0.0425 This work
  • Reference value.

Table 2: Quadrupole and magnetic moments obtained from the measured hfs constants (Table 1). The magnetic moments were obtained using the reference isotope Ca, with MHz Arbes et al. (1994). Quadrupole moments were extracted using the calculated electric field gradient, MHz/b Sahoo (2009). Data are compared to calculations using the NN+3N interaction.

Quadrupole moments, , were obtained from the quadrupole hfs constant, , with the electron charge, and the electric field gradient (EFG) produced by the electrons at the nucleus, the latter being isotope independent. To extract quadrupole moments from the measured hfs -parameters, a calculated value for the EFG, MHz/b, was taken from atomic-physics calculations based on relativistic coupled-cluster theory (RCC) Sahoo (2009). Independent values calculated from many-body perturbation theory (MBPT) Kai-zhi et al. (2004); Martensson-Pendrill and Salomonson (1984) agree with the value from RCC within 3%. The extracted quadrupole moments are shown in Table 2. The deviation of our value for Ca from the literature values is attributed to the low statistics of our data for this isotope combined with a poorly resolved hyperfine splitting in the excited state. Note however that our ratio of the Ca to Ca quadrupole moment is consistent with the value measured in the atomic system.

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Figure 3: Measured -factors compared with literature values and effective single-particle values (lines) using and (). The magnetic moment of Ca was taken from Ref. Minamisono et al. (1976). The experimental error bars are smaller than the symbols.

Since the -factors are sensitive to the valence-particle configuration, it is illustrative to study their evolution along the Ca isotopic chain. The horizontal lines in Fig. 3 show the effective single-particle values () for the different shell-model orbits. The isotope Ca () has a -factor close to the effective single-particle value, confirming the hole nature of this isotope. Once the orbit is filled, the fairly constant -factor values from up to are in agreement with that of an odd neutron in the orbital.

As expected, the measured -factor of Ca is close to the effective single-particle value of the orbit, and a similar value would be expected for Ca. However, a deviation from this value is observed, indicating an appreciable contribution from the mixing with configurations due to neutron excitations across , which seems to contradict the closed-shell nature of . The isotope Ca is an exceptional case for testing different shell-model interactions as excitations across can be of -type (from into ) and therefore even a one percent mixing of those configurations in the wave function is sufficient to induce a % change of the -factor Blin-Stoyle and Perks (1954).

The measured and calculated magnetic moments of the Ca isotopes are shown in the upper panel of Fig. 4. A Ca core is assumed in the calculations with the GXPF1A and KB3G phenomenological interactions, as well as for the calculations with the microscopic NN+3N interaction. To investigate the effect of breaking the Ca core we also compare to a large-scale shell model calculation using the phenomenological interaction SDPF.SM starting from a virtual Si core. For the KB3G and GXPF1A interactions, neutrons were allowed to occupy the shell, while an extended valence space including the orbital ( space) was used for the NN+3N calculations. Excitations of neutrons and protons from the upper -shell into the -shell are allowed with the SDPF.SM interaction. Bare spin and orbital -factors were used in all theories to calculate the magnetic moments.

The disagreement between the shell-model calculations starting from a Ca core and the experimental magnetic moments of Ca suggests that nucleon excitations across the -shell are important in the vicinity of . Indeed, large-scale shell model calculations using the SDPF.SM interaction are closer to the experimental values. These calculations include up to 6p-6h for Ca, 4p-4p for Ca, and 2p-2p for the other isotopes. A similar conclusion on the importance of cross-shell correlation across was obtained from experimental -factors and values of Ca Schielke et al. (2003); Taylor et al. (2005) as well as the calcium isotope shifts Caurier et al. (2001). For the heavier Ca isotopes, all theoretical calculations describe the experimental value rather well (see Fig. 4), indicating that from and beyond, the assumption of a rigid Ca core works well. Especially, the calculations with the NN+3N interaction give a very good agreement for Ca. Considering that from the measured -factor a mixed ground state wave function is expected (Fig. 3), the excellent agreement for the microscopic calculations, which are not fitted to this mass region, is remarkable. The fact that the calculated values for the phenomenological KB3G and GXPF1A lay on opposite side of the experimental value is due to the different contributions of and configurations. Certainly, the magnetic moment is highly sensitive to matrix elements involving the - spin-orbit partners. The ratio of to configurations in Ca is a measure for these cross-shell excitations across : it is almost twice larger with NN+3N and GXPF1A ( and , respectively) than in KB3G (2.0). Larger cross-shell excitations reduce the absolute value of the magnetic moment. On the other hand, due to stronger pairing, the NN+3N and KB3G interactions have a two times larger ratio of over configurations than GXPF1A, 1.6 and 1.9 compared to 0.9. These cross-shell excitations increase the absolute value of the magnetic moment.

LiteratureThis workGXPF1A KB3G SDPF.SMNN+3N(a)(b)-1.1-1.3-1.5-1.7-1.9LiteratureThis workGXPF1A KB3G SDPF.SMNN+3N(a)(b)-1.1-1.3-1.5-1.7-1.9(b)(b)3129272523210.
Figure 4: Measured magnetic and quadrupole moments of Ca isotopes. Results are compared with theoretical predictions from phenomenological interactions (KB3G, GXPF1A, SDPF.SM) and calculations including three-nucleon forces (NN+3N). Experimental literature values (empty triangles) are given in Table 2. The open circles show the values calculated from the ratios , Arnold et al. (1983) and relative to our value of .

In the lower panel of Fig. 4, the experimental and calculated quadrupole moments are shown. The theoretical results assume neutron and proton effective charges, and , respectively (protons in the valence space are allowed for the SDPF.SM interaction only). All interactions exhibit in general a good description of the experimental quadrupole moments. The only deviation exists for , where KB3G and GXPF1A slightly disagree with the experimental value, while NN+3N and SDPF.SM agrees nicely. The agreement between calculated and experimental values also confirms the values of effective charges used around Caurier et al. (2001, 2007), and more recently around Riley et al. (2014). Earlier studies of isotopes, where the orbital is dominant, suggested values of and du Rietz et al. (2004), opening a discussion on the possible orbital dependence of the effective charges in the shell Valiente-Dobon et al. (2009).

In summary, bunched-beam collinear laser spectroscopy was used to measure the hfs spectra in the Ca II resonance transition from Ca. Our results allowed a direct g.s. spin determination for Ca. The quadrupole moments of Ca, and magnetic moments of Ca were measured for the first time. We compared these results with new shell-model calculations using a microscopic interaction derived from chiral effective field theory, including NN+3N forces, and fitted only to isotopes up to mass . Comparison was also made with existing and new calculations using phenomenological interactions. Large discrepancies among the measured magnetic moments and the calculated values using a Ca core were observed around . Large-scale shell model calculations in the - valence space are required to reproduce better the observed magnetic moments. Further developments of microscopic interactions in the complete - valence space for both protons and neutrons are needed to provide a consistent description for all observables of Ca isotopes from below up to above . For , the calculations with NN+3N forces derived from chiral effective field theory provide excellent agreement for both the magnetic and quadrupole moments. Through the gradual filling of the and orbits, our results provide a comprehensive study of the basic ingredients employed in shell-model calculations over a wide range of neutrons. At the level of precision of our experimental results, the gs quadrupole moments do not reveal any orbital dependence of the effective charges. The larger difference in calculated magnetic moments compared to electric quadrupole moments highlights the need of improved theoretical calculations, e.g., including two-body currents from chiral effective field theory, that compared to the present measurements may provide new insights on the magnetic operator and effective -factors.

This work was supported by the IAP-project P7/12, the FWO-Vlaanderen, GOA grant 15/010 from KU Leuven, the NSF grant PHY-1068217, the BMBF Contracts Nos. 05P12RDCIC and 06DA70471, the Max-Planck Society, the EU FP7 via ENSAR No. 262010, the DFG through Grant SFB 634, the ERC Grant No. 307986 STRONGINT, the Helmholtz Alliance HA216/EMMI, and MINECO(SPAIN)(FPA2011-29854). Computations were performed on JUROPA at the Jülich Supercomputing Center. We would like to thank the ISOLDE technical group for their support and assistance.


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