High precision branching ratio measurement for the superallowed beta decay of Rb-74: A prerequisite for exacting tests of the standard model
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Nonanalog Fermi and Gamow-Teller branches in the superallowed beta decay of Rb-74 have been investigated using gamma-ray and conversion-electron spectroscopy. Nine observed transitions, in conjunction with a recent shell model calculation, determine the branching ratio of the analog transition to be 99.5(1)%. The experimental upper limits for the Fermi decay to the 0(2)(+) and (0(3)(+)) levels are in agreement with recent theoretical predictions. The Q(EC) value for the Rb-74 beta decay is predicted to be 10405(9) keV.