The Coulomb excitation of a very neutron-rich nucleus 32Mg to its 2+ state was studied using an unstable nuclear beam of 32Mg at 49.2 MeV/u with a 208Pb target. The B(E2) value of 454±78 e2fm4 was extracted by a coupled channel analysis. The value is in good agreement with recent predictions. It confirms a large deformation for 32Mg suggested by the low excitation energy of the 2+ state, and points to the vanishing of the N = 20 shell gap.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics