Double gamma decay in Ca40 and Zr90

J. Schirmer, D. Habs, R. Kroth, N. Kwong, D. Schwalm, M. Zirnbauer, C. Broude

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The rare double gamma decay of the first excited 0+ state in Ca40 and Zr90 has been measured with a segmented 4π NaI detector system, which allows suppression of the perturbing background due to positron annihilation in flight. In both cases the directional correlation of the two photons is found to be asymmetric around 90°, which is explained by an interference of 2E1 and 2M1 transitions. The deduced M1 quenching factors agree with those from (e,e′) and (p,p′) measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1897-1900
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number20
StatePublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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