Impact of TAGS measurement on FP decay data and decay heat calculations

T. Yoshida*, N. Hagura, R. Umezu, A. Algora, J. L. Tain, D. Jordan, T. Tachibana

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Nuclear level schemes are usually constructed from the high-resolution data of the gamma-ray transitions which immediately follow the beta-decay of their parents. It is recognized that this procedure may lead to the "pandemonium problem". If we use the decay data suffering from the pandemonium problem for the decay heat calculations the beta-ray component will be overestimated and the gamma-ray component underestimated. The beta-feeding data obtained by the total absorption gamma-ray spectroscopy (TAGS) is proved to be free from this problem. In the case of the Japanese data base for the FP decay heat calculation, the theoretical values based on the gross theory of beta-decay are widely introduced to circumvent the pandemonium problem. The gross theory, however, is not good at describing any beta-transition exclusively concentrating to a single level in the daughter nucleus. The TAGS method is also proved to be able to save this situation. Further, we have to change our comprehension over the currently published decay schemes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1543-1546
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Korean Physical Society
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug


  • Beta decay
  • Decay data
  • Fission product
  • Gross theory
  • Pandemonium
  • TAGS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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