To test the predictive power of ab initio nuclear structure models, the lifetime of the second 2+ state in neutron-rich 20O, τ(22+)=150(-30,+80)fs, and an estimate for the lifetime of the second 2+ state in 16C have been obtained, for the first time. The results were achieved via a novel Monte Carlo technique that allowed us to measure nuclear state lifetimes in the tens to hundreds femtosecond range by analyzing the Doppler-shifted gamma-transition line shapes of nuclei measured by AGATA+PARIS+VAMOS setup. The experimental lifetimes agree with predictions of ab initio calculations using two- and three-nucleon interactions for 20O and 16C. The present measurement shows the power of observables provided by electromagnetic transitions, determined with high-precision gamma spectroscopy, in assessing the quality of first-principles nuclear structure calculations.
M.Ciemała, (B.Fornal, A.Maj, P.Bednarczyk, N.Cieplicka-Orynczak, J.Grębosz, Ł.W.Iskra, M.Kicinska-Habior, M.Kmiecik, M.Lewitowicz, K.Mazurek, M.Matejska-Minda, P.Napiorkowski, M.Rejmund, B.Wasilewska, M.Zieblinski) et al.
Testing ab initio nuclear structure in neutron-rich nuclei: Lifetime measurements of second 2+ state in 16C and 20O
Physical Review C 101, 021303(R) (2020)