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      Anomalous Neutron Yields Confirmed for Ba-Mo and Newly Observed for Ce-Zr from Spontaneous Fission of \(^{252}\)Cf

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          We reinvestigated the neutron multiplicity yields of Ba-Mo, Ce-Zr, Te-Pd, and Nd-Sr from the spontaneous fission of \(^{252}\)Cf; by (i) using both \(\gamma\)-\(\gamma\)-\(\gamma\)-\(\gamma\) and \(\gamma\)-\(\gamma\)-\(\gamma\) coincidence data, (ii) using up to date level scheme structures, and (iii) cross-checking analogous energy transitions in multiple isotopes, we have achieved higher precision than previous analyses. Particular attention was given to the Ba-Mo pairs where our results clearly confirm that the Ba-Mo yield data have a second hot fission mode where 8, 9, 10, and now 11 neutron evaporation channels are observed. These are the first observations of the 11 neutron channel. These 8-11 neutron channels are observed for the first time in the Ce-Zr pairs, but are not observed in other fission pairs. The measured intensities of the second mode in Ba-Mo and Ce-Zr pairs are \(\sim\)1.5(4)\(\%\) and \(\sim\)1.0(3)\(\%\), respectively. These high neutron number evaporation modes can be an indication of hyperdeformation and/or octupole deformation in \(^{143-145}\)Ba and in \(^{146,148}\)Ce at scission to give rise to such high neutron multiplicities.

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          15 July 2020
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          10.1103/PhysRevC.101.034610
          2007.07868

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          Brooks M. Musangu et al. ''Anomalous neutron yields confirmed for Ba-Mo and newly observed for Ce-Zr from spontaneous fission of 252Cf''. In: Phys. Rev. C101 (3 Mar. 2020), p. 034610. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.101.034610
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