β-decay properties of neutron-rich Ca isotopes have been obtained. Half-life values were determined for the first time for Ca54 (86±7 ms), Ca55 (22±2 ms), and Ca56 (11±2 ms). The half-life of 230±60 ms deduced for Ca53 is significantly longer than reported previously, where the decay chain K53 → Ca53 → Sc53 was considered. A delayed γ ray with an energy of 247 keV was identified following β decay of Ca54 and is proposed to depopulate the 11+ level in Sc54. The β-decay properties compare favorably with the results of shell-model calculations completed in the full pf space with the GXPF1 interaction. The half-lives of the neutron-rich Ca isotopes are also compared with gross β-decay theory. The systematic trend of the neutron-rich Ca half-lives is consistent with the presence of a subshell gap at N=32.
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics