The half-lives of 42Sc, 46V, 50Mn and 54Co Academic Article uri icon


  • As part of a broad program to determine ft values for superallowed O+ O+ transitions, the half-lives of 42Sc, 46V, 50Mn and 54Co have been measured with isotopically pure samples prepared with an on-line isotope separator. Emitted + particles were observed with a large-solid-angle, high-efficiency, low-background gas proportional counter, from which signals were multiscaled. The counting electronics had a well-defined, non-extendable dead time. As no exact data analysis is possible, three different procedures were compared. The most stringent method involved regression analysis where a common half-life was simultaneously fitted to the individual decay curves of hundreds of samples and their Poisson statistical weights were distorted to reflect dead-time losses. The analysis procedures were tested on hypothetical decay data that were created by binning a time sequence of events, obtained from interval distributions reflecting the given half-lives and intensities of two decay components, and allowing for series and non-extendible dead times that reflected experimental conditions. On the basis of these tests it is demonstrated that the analysis does not introduce any bias at the 0.01% level. The deduced half-lives are 42Sc: (680.67 0.28) ms, 46V: (422.57 0.13) ms, 50Mn: (283.29 0.08) ms, 54Co: (193.28 0.07) ms. These results establish important elements in a demanding test of the Electroweak Standard Model.

published proceedings

  • Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A Accelerators Spectrometers Detectors and Associated Equipment

author list (cited authors)

  • Koslowsky, V. T., Hagberg, E., Hardy, J. C., Savard, G., Schmeing, H., Sharma, K. S., & Sun, X. J.

citation count

  • 67

complete list of authors

  • Koslowsky, VT||Hagberg, E||Hardy, JC||Savard, G||Schmeing, H||Sharma, KS||Sun, XJ

publication date

  • December 1997