European Physical Journal A vol:17 issue:2 pages:167-171
Gamma rays from excited states of Po-190 have been observed using I the Jurosphere Ge-detector array coupled to the RITU gas-filled separator. They were associated with a collective band which from spin 4h onwards resembles the prolate rotational bands known in the isotones Pb-188 and Hg-186. This indicates that in Po-190 the prolate configuration becomes yrast above I = 2h. The experimental results are interpreted in a two-band mixing calculation and are in agreement with a-decay data and potential energy surface calculations.