Penning trap mass spectrometry of neutron-rich Fe and Co isotopes around N=40 with the LEBIT mass spectrometer
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Penning trap mass spectrometry is presented as a complementary tool to nuclear spectroscopy experiments for the study of nuclear structure in the vicinity of N=40, Z=28. High-precision mass measurements of the Fe63-66 and Co64-67 isotopes have been carried out with the Low Energy Beam and Ion Trap (LEBIT) Penning trap mass spectrometer. The newly obtained mass values for Fe66 and Co67 are presented, together with the previously reported LEBIT mass measurements in this region. In the case of Fe65 the existence of a new isomer is reported, and an isomer recently discovered by decay spectroscopy in Co67 is confirmed. Relative mass uncertainties as low as 410-8 are obtained. All mass values are found to be in good agreement with previous experimental results with the exception of Co64, where a 5 deviation is observed. Using these data the two neutron separation energies S2n are calculated. However, the large error bars in the mass values of the neighbor Fe and Co isotopes with N>40 complicate the validation of a weak subshell closure at N=40 for the Co isotopes or the possible reduction in the neutron shell gap in the case of the Fe isotopes, in accordance with the theoretical predictions of an onset of deformation in the region. 2010 The American Physical Society.