The influence of giant dipole resonance (GDR) induced quadrupole moment on GDR width at low temperatures is investigated experimentally by measuring GDR width systematically in the unexplored temperature range T = 0.8-1.5 MeV, for the first time, in A ~ 100 mass region. The measured GDR widths, using alpha induced fusion reaction, for 97 Tc confirm that the GDR width remains constant at the ground state value up to a critical temperature and increases sharply thereafter with increase in T. The data have been compared with the adiabatic Thermal Shape Fluctuation Model (TSFM), phenomenological Critical Temperature Fluctuation Model (CTFM) and microscopic Phonon Damping Model (PDM). Interestingly, CTFM and PDM give similar results and agree with the data, whereas the TSFM differs significantly even after incorporating the shell effects. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.
Dey, B., Mondal, D., Pandit, D., Mukhopadhyay, S., Pal, S., Bhattacharya, S., … Banerjee, S. R. (2014). Probing the critical behavior in the evolution of GDR width at very low temperatures in A ~ 100 mass region. Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics, 731, 92–96. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2014.02.007