Ayangeakaa, A. D.; Sensharma, N.; Fulghieri, M.; Janssens, R.; Chen, Q.; Zhu, S.; Alcorta, M.; Carpenter, M. P.; Chowdhury, P.; Gade, A.; Hoffman, C. R.; Kondev, F. G.; Lauritsen, T.; Seweryniak, D.
Single-particle and collective excitations in 66Zn have been investigated via the multinucleon transfer reaction, 26Mg(48Ca, 4n) using the Gammasphere multidetector array and the Fragment Mass Analyzer. In addition to confirming and complementing the previously known low-spin structure, a new quasirotational band comprising several stretched E2 transitions has been established to high spins. However, due to fragmentary nature of its decay, it was not possible to link this sequence to the low-lying states and, thus, determine the absolute excitation energies, spins, and parities unambiguously. Large-scale shell-model calculations employing the JUN45 and jj44b effective interactions are able to successfully describe the low-spin structure and herewith confirm that it is dominated by single-particle excitations. The newly established rotational cascade is compared with known superdeformed bands in the A6070 mass region, and with results of calculations performed within the frameworks of the cranked shell model and the adiabatic and configuration-fixed constrained covariant density functional theory and the quantum particle-rotor model.