# Structure of odd Ge isotopes with $40 < N < 50$

## Abstract

We have interpreted recently measured experimental data of Ge, and also for Ge isotopes in terms of state-of-the-art shell model calculations. Excitation energies, values, quadrupole moments and magnetic moments are compared with experimental data when available. The calculations have been performed with the recently derived interactions, namely with JUN45 and jj44b for space. We have also performed calculation for valence space using an effective interaction with Ca core and imposing a truncation to study the importance of the proton excitations across the shell in this region. The predicted results of jj44b interaction are in good agreement with experimental data.

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## I Introduction

Nuclear structure study in region is the topic of current research for the investigation of single-particle versus collective phenomena. For shell nuclei the collective phenomena was measured in different laboratories worldwide. In the nuclei where shell is not completely filled and , deformation appears due to interaction of excited neutrons in shell with protons in shell. The experimental indication of a new region of deformation for shell nuclei has been reported for Fe (1), Cr (2) and Co (3) isotopes. The importance of the inclusion of intruder orbitals from shell in the model space for shell nuclei is reported in the literature (4); (5); (6); (8); (7); (9); (10).

The nuclei around Ni region, particularly, Ga and Ge isotopes are interesting from both experimental and theoretical point of view. Sudden structural changes between and for Ga isotopes have been observed at isolde, cern (11). The even Ge isotopes attracted much experimental and theoretical interest due to a shape transition in the vicinity of (12); (13); (14). The low-lying excitation energies of Ge isotopes show unexpected behavior: as we move from Ge to Ge the for Ge is lower than , it again start rising from Ge onwards. In the pioneering work of Padilla-Rodal et al. (12) the evolution of collectivity in Ge isotopes with measurements have been reported. It was shown that the shell closure is collapsed in Ge. However, the shell closure is persistent in Ge isotopes. Collectivity at for the Ge and Se was measured using the intermediate-energy Coulomb excitation (15). In Fig. 1, we show the experimental for even-even nuclei. The rapid decrease of ) for the Ge and Se isotopes around reveals the collapse of this shell closure.

In the present paper we consider neutron-rich odd Ge isotopes. The shell model calculation in space for Ge isotopes is reported in the literature using pairing plus quadrupole-quadrupole interactions (16) and with JUN45 interaction for Ge and Ge in (17). In this work we report shell model calculations in space with the recently devised effective interactions, we also first time report shell model results for odd Ge isotopes including orbital in the model space to study importance of proton excitations across shell as suggested in (11). The electromagnetic moments of Ga isotopes were explained in our recent investigation (18) by including orbital in the model space.

Section 2 gives details of the shell model (SM) calculations. We will discuss in this section the model space and the effective interactions used in the investigation. Section 3 includes results on the spectra of Ge odd isotopes and configuration mixing in these nuclei. In Section 4, SM calculations on transition probabilities, quadrupole moments and magnetic moments are presented. Finally, concluding remarks are given in Section 5.

## Ii Details of Model Spaces and Interactions

In the present study we have performed calculations in two different shell-model spaces. The first set of calculations have been performed with the two recently derived effective shell model interactions, JUN45 and jj44b, that have been proposed for the 1, 0, 1 and 0 single-particle orbits. The JUN45, which was recently developed by Honma et al. (17), is a realistic interaction based on the Bonn-C potential fitting by 400 experimental binding and excitation energy data with mass numbers 63–96. The jj44b interaction was developed by Brown and Lisetskiy (19) by fitting 600 binding energies and excitation energies with 28–30 and 48–50. Instead of 45 as in JUN45, here 30 linear combinations of good – two-body matrix elements (TBME) varied, with the rms deviation of about 250 keV from experiment. The shell model results based on jj44b interaction have recently been reported in the literature (20); (18); (11); (21). The second set of calculations have been performed in the valence space, we use a Ca core, where eight neutrons are frozen in the orbital. This interaction was reported by Sorlin et al. (22). As here the dimensions of the matrices become very large, a truncation has been imposed. We allowed up to a total of four particle excitations from the orbital to the upper orbitals for protons and from the upper orbitals to the orbital for neutrons. The interaction was built using two-body matrix elements (TBME) from (23) and TBME (, , and orbits) from (24). For the common active orbitals in these subspaces, matrix elements were taken from (24). As the latter interaction () was defined for a Ni core, a scaling factor of was applied to take into account the change of radius between the Ca and Ni cores. The remaining TBME are taken from (25). For the JUN45 and jj44b interactions the single-particle energies are based on those of Ni. In the second set of calculations for the interaction with the Ca core the single-particle energies are based on those of Ca. In the present calculations the JUN45 and jj44b interactions estimate binding energies of nuclei, however interaction gives relative energies with respect to orbital not binding energies. For the both set of calculations the single-particle energies are the same for protons and neutrons.

The single-particle energies for both protons and neutrons for the three interactions are given in Table 1. In Fig. 2, we compare the effective single-particle energy of the proton orbit for Cu isotopes in JUN45 and jj44b interactions. Both interactions show a rapid decrease in proton single-particle energy relative to as the neutrons start filling in orbit and it become lower than for . Dimensions of the matrices for odd Ge isotopes in the m-scheme for and spaces are shown in the Table 2. In case of Ge computing time 15 days for both parity. Obviously, maximal dimension is reached in the case of Ge when using space with Ni core since neutron number is furthest from the closed shell for this nucleus among the Ge isotopes considered in this work.

All calculations in the present paper are carried out at dgctic-unam computational facility KanBalam using the shell model code antoine (26).

## Iii Spectra

As is discussed in Section I, for and nuclei have different structural properties. This can be interpreted as a transition from the spherical (or oblate) to prolate shape. It may also point a coexistence of these phases. Such a change can be seen in various experimental observables like nucleon transfer cross sections, values and their ratios for low-lying states (17). The measured systematics show the narrowing of the shell gap toward (27), while the persistence of the shell closure is suggested in Ge based on the new data (28). The shell model structure of Ge isotopes was discussed in (17) using JUN45 interaction. We shall start from the Ge which has 41 neutrons and is closest neighbor of Ge which has particular structure. Structural change can be observed by increasing neutron number from 41 (Ge) to 49 (Ge). The results for the three interactions used in the calculations are presented with respect to the experiment.

### iii.1 Ge

Comparison of the calculated values of the energy levels of Ge with the experimental data is shown in Fig. 3. All the three interactions fail to predict the ground state correctly. Difference in the triplet of levels mentioned in (17) is the same in calculation too, i. e. is high in the calculation as compared to and levels, while in the experiment these three levels are arranged very close. Also is too high as compared to the experiment with jj44b and interactions. This was the case also for the Ge (17). It was supposed in this work that this could be because of the closed neutron shell and might play an important role. However, it can be noted that and levels are very close to the other two levels in jj44b calculation. Lower negative-parity levels are described well by JUN45 and jj44b calculations. Negative-parity levels are too high in calculation, though their arrangement looks like as in the other two calculations. For the level the JUN45 and jj44 interactions predict (probability ) and (probability ) configurations, respectively.

### iii.2 Ge

Figure 4 shows the experimental and calculated positive and negative parity levels of Ge using JUN45, jj44b and interactions. As is seen from the Fig. 4 that only jj44b gives correct ground state and location of positive and negative parity levels with respect to the experiment. For the negative-parity levels jj44b predicts correct spin sequence up to . The jj44b interaction predicts for the experimentally uncertain level. With this interaction the experimental levels at 885 keV, at 1137 keV, at 1241 keV and () at 1416 keV are predicted at 1381, 1569, 1210 and 2119 keV, respectively.

The first positive parity level at 140 keV is predicted at 273 keV by jj44b calculation. The experimentally observed is very close to level, while in the jj44b calculation is higher and well separated from . The next following levels are and both in the experiment and in calculation. Again in the calculation spacing between these levels is larger than in the experiment. There are , and levels, between and in the jj44b calculation. The experimental levels and at 1514 and 1538 keV are predicted at 2368 and 1707 keV, respectively with jj44b interaction.

The JUN45 and predict positive-parity - and g.s., respectively. The positive-parity levels are located lower and the negative-parity levels are located higher than the experimental levels. For the the JUN45 and jj44b interactions predict () and () configurations, respectively. The has configuration with JUN45 (20%) and jj44b (21%). The interaction predicts () configuration for the .

### iii.3 Ge

Comparison of the calculated positive and negative parity levels with the recent experimental data at ATLAS facility (30) are shown in Fig. 5. The ground state is now correctly predicted not only by jj44b, but also with interaction. The is much closer to the ground state in calculation than in the experiment and jj44b calculation. The JUN45 calculation still gives ground state while the comes close to the ground state, however it will flip in Ge. The level is located only 6 keV higher than in the experiment in JUN45 calculation. The jj44b calculation result for this level is higher by 181 keV, while calculation for this level predict 161 keV less than in the experiment. Next experimental level is . For this level the result of JUN45 is 233 keV higher and is in the same sequence as in the experiment. In both jj44b and calculations this level is located very high as compared to experiment and ordering of the levels is different from the experiment. The experimental level at 619 keV is predicted by jj44b calculation 31 keV higher than in the experiment. This level is predicted by JUN45 is 155 keV higher, while in it is 215 keV lower than in the experiment. The experimental level at 761 keV is predicted with difference of only 3 keV by JUN45. The jj44b and predictions for this level are 971 and 1079 keV, respectively. In all the calculations , and levels are much higher than in the experiment.

Three negative-parity levels are measured in the experiment. The calculation gives the closest value for the level. The experimental and are better predicted by jj44b calculation. For the , the JUN45 and jj44b interactions predict () and () configurations, respectively. The has configuration with probability 29% and 14% for JUN45 and jj44b interactions, respectively. The interaction predicts () configuration.

### iii.4 Ge

For this isotope few positive and negative-parity levels are available. As is seen from Fig. 6 all the three interactions give correct ground state when reaching to this nucleus. The location of and levels with respect to experimental ones is good in JUN45. In jj44b these levels are lower than JUN45. The interaction predicts similar to JUN45, but is higher to this level by only 3 keV, while for jj44b they are lower than JUN45 and .

The JUN45 and predict reverse sequence of measured and levels. They are lower in JUN45 calculation and higher in calculation as compared to the experiment. The sequence of these levels are the same as in the experiment in jj44b calculation, however they are located very close to each other. For the the JUN45 and jj44b interactions predict configuration with probability 34% and 35%, respectively. For the the JUN45 and jj44b interactions predict configuration with probability 27% and 28%, respectively.

### iii.5 Ge

Three uncertain positive-parity and one negative-parity levels are available for this isotope. Again all calculations predict the same parity and spin as in the experiment for the ground state. The other experimental positive-parity levels are predicted higher than in the experiment by all the calculations. The only measured negative-parity level is low in the JUN45 and jj44b. In calculation negative-parity levels are very high ( 4 MeV), thus we have not included them in Fig. 7.

Structure of the wave functions is given for some levels of Ge isotopes together with yrast levels in Table 3. In Table sum of the contributions (intensities) from particle partitions having contribution greater than 1% is denoted by , the maximum contribution from a single partition by and the total number of partitions contributing to by . The deviation of from 100% is due to high configuration mixing. The increase in is also a signature of larger configuration mixing. The extent of configuration mixing is high in Ge and low in Ge. Indeed, the extent of configuration mixing is high in the isotopes far from the closed shell. All the three interactions predict configuration with probability 42% (JUN45), 36%(jj44b) and 80%().

## Iv Electromagnetic properties

The calculated transition probabilities are given in Table 4. For this effective charges =1.5, =0.5 are used in the calculation. Four experimental data for Ge and one for Ge and Ge each are available. Reasonable result is predicted for transition by all three interaction for Ge. For the other transitions in Ge the values predicted by JUN45 and jj44b are less than in the experiment, while results are in good agreement with the experimental data. The interaction results are reasonable even with above effective charges because now the model space is enlarged, i.e. we have included orbital. The results of quadrupole moments with the three different interactions are shown in Table 5. The calculated quadrupole moments by are in good agreement with the existing experimental data. This shows the importance of orbital, which was proposed in (11), though all calculations predict correct sign of the experimental data. For the Ge, JUN45 predicts for all the levels negative value of the quadrupole moments, while jj44b predicts all positive values. The calculation gives positive quadrupole moment for and negative quadrupole moment for and . For Ge only JUN45 predicts negative value for quadrupole moments and the other two predicts positive value. The experimental data for magnetic moments are available only for Ge. In Table 6, we compare calculated values of magnetic moments with the experimental data for Ge. We also have presented predicted values of magnetic moments by the three interactions for the remained isotopes considered. It is seen from Table 6 that for the Ge calculated values of magnetic moments are in better agreement with the experiment when JUN45 interaction is used. From Tables 4-6 we can see that the transition rates are strongly enhanced while the quadrupole moments are of the order of the single-particle ones. The large values are due to strong dynamical collectivity as even-even nuclei of this region lose the magicity properties. This is also seen from Fig. 1.

## V Conclusions

In the present work, the results of large-scale
shell-model calculations are reported for neutron-rich
even–odd isotopes of Ge with in two spaces: full space
and space with Ca core.
It was shown that better results are obtained with jj44b interaction for the nuclei further from
closed shell. The results for all calculations become improved reaching to closed shell, especially for predicting ground
states. The transitions, quadrupole moments and magnetic moments analysis show the importance of proton excitations across shell for space.
Recently modern effective interaction in space (9) have been developed by Strasbourg-Madrid
group to study collective phenomena in shell nuclei. It remains to be seen if this interaction can describe the experimental data for .

This work was supported in part by Conacyt, México, and by DGAPA, UNAM project IN103212. MJE acknowledges support from grant No. 17901 of CONACyT projects CB2010/155633 and from grant F2-FA-F177 of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences.

Fig. 1. Experimental for even–even nuclei.

Fig. 2. Effective single-particle energies of proton orbits for Cu isotopes for JUN45 and jj44b interaction.

Fig. 3. Experimental data (29) for Ge compared with the results of large-scale shell-model calculations using three different effective interactions.

Fig. 4. The same as in Fig. 3, but for Ge.

Fig. 5. Experimental data (30) for Ge compared with the results of large-scale shell-model calculations using three different effective interactions.

Fig. 6. The same as in Fig. 3, but for Ge.

Fig. 7. The same as in Fig. 3, but for Ge.

Orbital | JUN45 | jj44b | Orbital | |
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1 | -9.8280 | -9.6566 | 0 | 0.000 |

0 | -8.7087 | -9.2859 | 1 | 2.000 |

1 | -7.8388 | -8.2695 | 0 | 6.500 |

0 | -6.2617 | -5.8944 | 1 | 4.000 |

0 | 9.000 |

(W.u.) | ||||||

Nucleus | (keV) | Experiment | JUN45 | jj44b | ||

Ge | 5/2 9/2 | 13 | 23.1(8) | 17.18 | 17.38 | 14.50 |

7/2 9/2 | 69 | 41(8) | 18.38 | 28.61 | 48.72 | |

7/2 5/2 | 486 | 72(21) | 2.23 | 5.44 | 23.81 | |

7/2 9/2 | 499 | 6.3(4) | 2.47 | 0.47 | 4.71 | |

Ge | 5/2 7/2 | 52 | 31 | 21.45 | 25.70 | 50.48 |

9/2 5/2 | 8 | - | 1.42 | 2.66 | 13.83 | |

9/2 7/2 | 60 | - | 19.46 | 22.47 | 37.51 | |

Ge | 9/2 7/2 | 225 | - | 17.71 | 21.43 | 28.39 |

5/2 9/2 | 196 | - | 3.96 | 6.86 | 35.93 | |

5/2 7/2 | 421 | - | 12.90 | 5.85 | 10.30 | |

Ge | 9/2 7/2 | 204.6 | - | 11.37 | 11.94 | 11.80 |

9/2 5/2 | - | - | 3.79 | 3.76 | 9.53 | |

Ge | 5/2 9/2 | 711.2 | 0.0383(20) | 0.83 | 3.07 | 0.52 |

5/2 1/2 | 32.10 | - | 0.06 | 0.33 | 2.05 |

Nucleus | |||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|

Ge | 9/2 | -0.173(26) | -0.187 | -0.090 | -0.293 |

7/2 | - | -0.439 | -0.144 | -0.693 | |

5/2 | +0.70(8) | +0.114 | +0.374 | +0.104 | |

Ge | 9/2 | - | -0.031 | +0.008 | +0.060 |

7/2 | - | -0.089 | +0.087 | -0.067 | |

5/2 | - | -0.295 | +0.271 | -0.539 | |

Ge | 9/2 | - | +0.096 | +0.176 | +0.272 |

7/2 | - | +0.237 | +0.470 | +0.571 | |

5/2 | - | -0.179 | -0.137 | -0.054 | |

Ge | 9/2 | - | +0.219 | +0.285 | +0.464 |

7/2 | - | +0.415 | +0.446 | +0.539 | |

5/2 | - | -0.048 | +0.012 | +0.297 | |

Ge | 9/2 | - | +0.374 | +0.452 | +0.367 |

7/2 | - | +0.076 | +0.098 | +0.173 | |

5/2 | - | +0.313 | +0.339 | +0.056 |

Nucleus | |||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|

Ge | 9/2 | -0.879(2) | -0.961 | -0.780 | -0.496 |

7/2 | - | -0.826 | -0.766 | -0.646 | |

5/2 | -1.08(3) | -1.361 | -0.767 | -1.198 | |

Ge | 9/2 | - | -0.940 | -0.823 | -0.552 |

7/2 | - | -0.885 | -0.850 | -0.519 | |

5/2 | - | -0.667 | -0.626 | -0.503 | |

Ge | 9/2 | - | -0.954 | -0.781 | -0.728 |

7/2 | - | -0.939 | -0.865 | -0.791 | |

5/2 | - | -0.912 | -0.947 | -1.019 | |

Ge | 9/2 | - | -0.978 | -0.938 | -0.947 |

7/2 | - | -0.854 | -0.831 | -0.826 | |

5/2 | - | -1.511 | -1.483 | -1.309 | |

Ge | 9/2 | - | -1.014 | -1.012 | -0.947 |

7/2 | - | -0.362 | -0.645 | -0.268 | |

5/2 | - | -1.851 | -2.411 | -2.156 |

### Footnotes

- Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México.
- Institute of Nuclear Physics, Ulughbek, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Email: praveen.srivastava@nucleares.unam.mx

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