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Exotic Nuclear Excitations: The Transverse Wobbling Mode in 135 Pr


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. James Till Matta
    Pages 1-10
  3. James Till Matta
    Pages 11-39
  4. James Till Matta
    Pages 41-76
  5. James Till Matta
    Pages 77-93
  6. James Till Matta
    Pages 95-96
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 97-112

About this book


The work presented in this thesis established the existence of wobbling at low spin and low deformation in the Z~60, N~76 nuclear region.  This opens the region to further searches for wobbling and shows that wobbling is not confined to a particular quasiparticle orbital, spin or deformation. 

While deformed nuclei usually have axial shape, triaxial shapes have been predicted at low to moderate spins in certain regions of the nuclear chart (e.g. Z~60, N~76 and Z~46, N~66).  Observation of one of the fingerprints of triaxiality, chirality and wobbling, guarantees that the nucleus is axially asymmetric.  While chirality has been observed in numerous nuclei from many regions of the nuclear chart, wobbling, prior to this work, had only been observed at high spins in super deformed bands in five nuclei confined to the Z~70, N~90 region.

Additionally, this dissertation establishes a new interpretation for the wobbling phenomenon.  It shows for the first time that the nucleon aligns to the short axis, which explains the decrease in wobbling energies with angular momentum seen on this and all previous wobbling nuclei while still explaining the observed B(E2out)B(E2in) ratios.  This is a new phenomenon, which is in contrast to the increase of the wobbling energies predicted by Bohr and Mottelson.


Wobbling mode in deformed nuclei Nulcear models for high spin phenomena Heavy-ion fusion-evaporation reaction Two-phonon wobbling band Rigid triaxial rotor model

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Oak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA

About the authors

Dr James Matta was awarded the PhD degree by the University of Notre Dame in 2015, and is now with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Exotic Nuclear Excitations: The Transverse Wobbling Mode in 135 Pr
  • Authors James Till Matta
  • Series Title Springer Theses
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Theses
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-53239-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-85100-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-53240-0
  • Series ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series E-ISSN 2190-5061
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 112
  • Number of Illustrations 22 b/w illustrations, 35 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Nuclear Physics, Heavy Ions, Hadrons
    Spectroscopy and Microscopy
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