Unexpected distribution of $\nu1f_{7/2}$ strength in the calcium isotopes at $N$=30
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Unexpected distribution of $\nu1f_{7/2}$ strength in the calcium isotopes at $N$=30

  • Author(s): Crawford, HL
  • Macchiavelli, AO
  • Fallon, P
  • Albers, M
  • Bader, VM
  • Bazin, D
  • Campbell, CM
  • Clark, RM
  • Cromaz, M
  • Dilling, J
  • Gade, A
  • Gallant, AT
  • Holt, JD
  • Janssens, RVF
  • Krücken, R
  • Langer, C
  • Lauritsen, T
  • Lee, IY
  • Menéndez, J
  • Noji, S
  • Paschalis, S
  • Recchia, F
  • Rissanen, J
  • Schwenk, A
  • Scott, M
  • Simonis, J
  • Stroberg, SR
  • Tostevin, JA
  • Walz, C
  • Weisshaar, D
  • Wiens, A
  • Wimmer, K
  • Zhu, S
  • et al.

The calcium isotopes have emerged as an important testing ground for new microscopically derived shell-model interactions, and a great deal of focus has been directed toward this region. We investigate the relative spectroscopic strengths associated with $1f_{7/2}$ neutron hole states in $^{47, 49}$Ca following one-neutron knockout reactions from $^{48,50}$Ca. The observed reduction of strength populating the lowest 7/2$^{-}_{1}$ state in $^{49}$Ca, as compared to $^{47}$Ca, is consistent with the description given by shell-model calculations based on two- and three-nucleon forces in the neutron $pf$ model space, implying a fragmentation of the $l$=3 strength to higher-lying states. The experimental result is inconsistent with both the GXPF1 interaction routinely used in this region of the nuclear chart and with microscopic calculations in an extended model space including the $\nu1g_{9/2}$ orbital.

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