“Why are the tin isotopes soft?” has remained, for the past decade, an open problem in nuclear structure physics: models which reproduce the isoscalar giant monopole resonance (ISGMR) in the “doubly-closed shell” nuclei, 90Zr and 208Pb, overestimate the ISGMR energies of the open-shell tin and cadmium nuclei, by as much as 1 MeV. In an effort to shed some light onto this problem, we present results of detailed studies of the ISGMR in the molybdenum nuclei, with the goal of elucidating where–and how–the softness manifests itself between 90Zr and the cadmium and tin isotopes. The experiment was conducted using the 94,96,98,100Mo(α,α′) reaction at Eα=386 MeV. A comparison of the results with relativistic, self-consistent Random-Phase Approximation calculations indicates that the ISGMR response begins to show softness in the molybdenum isotopes beginning with A=92.
|Journal||Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2020 Aug 10|
- Equation of state
- Giant resonance
- Nuclear incompressibility
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics