Neutron-rich Ba isotopes are expected to exhibit octupolar correlations, reaching their maximum in isotopes around mass A = 146. The odd- A neutron-rich members of this isotopic chain show typical patterns related to non-axially symmetric shapes, which are however less marked compared to even- A ones, pointing to a major contribution from vibrations. In the present paper we present results from a recent study focused on 148–150 Cs β -decay performed at the ISOLDE Decay Station equipped with fast-timing detectors. A detailed analysis of the measured decay half-lives and decay scheme of 149 Ba is presented, giving a first insight in the structure of this neutron-rich nucleus.



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