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Alpha-Decay Hindrance Factors. Program ALPHAD. Edgardo Browne Decay Data Evaluation Project Workshop May 12 – 14, 2008 Bucharest, Romania

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The probability of decay depends on the: Energy of the particle Parent and daughter nuclear structure configurations A useful definition of hindrance factor is: HF = T 1/2 ( ) exp./T 1/2 ( ) theor. Notice that T 1/2 ( ) = T 1/2 / branching. HF depends only on the nuclear structure configurations. The energy dependence has been removed. T 1/2 ( ) theor. is from “The Theory of Alpha Radioactivity,” M.A. Preston, Phys. Rev. 71, 865 (1947!!)

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HF(0+ to 0+, even-even nucleus) = 1 by definition. All other hindrance factors are relative to this value. Hindrance factors for odd-A and odd-odd nuclei are relative to HF values for the 0+ to 0+ transitions in the neighboring even-even nuclei

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The Radius Parameter r 0 This parameter is roughly equivalent to the nuclear radius, and it may be determine for each nucleus from the 0+ to 0+ transition in even-even nuclei, and assuming HF=1. See “Review of Alpha-Decay Data from Doubly-Even Nuclei,” Y.A. Akovali, Nucl. Data Sheets 84, 1 (1998).

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Favored alpha-particle transition in odd-A nuclei If HF < 4 then initial and final levels have the same spin (J) and parity ( ).

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The radius parameter r 0 (Y. Akovali, Oak Ridge) Odd-N nucleus (Z, A) r 0 (Z, N) = [r 0 (Z, N-1) + r 0 (Z, N+1)]/2 Odd-Z nucleus (Z, A) r 0 (Z, N) = [r 0 (Z-1, N) + r 0 (Z+1, N)]/2 Odd-Odd nucleus (Z, A) r 0 (Z, N) = [r 0 (Z, N-1) + r 0 (Z, N+1)]/2 = [r 0 (Z-1, N+1)+r 0 (Z-1, N-1)+r 0 (Z+1, N+1) +r 0 (Z+1, N-1)]/4

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Example 219 Rn 215 Po (Odd-N) r 0 (Z=84, N=131) = [r 0 (84, 130) + r 0 (84, 132)] /2 From 1998Ak04: r 0 (84,214) = r 0 (84,216) = , therefore r 0 (Z=84, N=131) = Use Table 1 – “Calculated r 0 for even-even nuclei” (1998Ak04). Insert R0= … in comment record: CA HF R0=… Run program ALPHAD to calculate hindrance factors. HF(401 keV) = 3.4 (Favored decay).

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Estimating an -decay branching ~100% HF=1 ? Ra 210 Th 0+9 ms 88 90

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HF Systematic for Even-even Thorium Nuclei Parent nucleus J Daughter nucleus J HF 210 Th Ra 2+ ? 228 Th Ra Th Ra Th Ra We expect HF( 210 Th) ~ 1

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Z A Q ALPHA E TOTAL ALPHA HALF LIFE RADIUS RZERO TOTAL HALF LIFE ALPHA BRANCH E-07 D E E-03 S 1.000E+00 ENERGY LEVEL ABUNDANCE CALC. HALF LIFE HINDRANCE FACTOR E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E+02 So (474)~ 3% Computer Program ALPHAD

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