Excited 0+ states in 160Gd have been examined with the (n,n′γ) reaction at incident neutron energies up to 2.8 MeV. Gamma-ray excitation functions and angular distribution measurements allow the confirmation of the existence of 0+ states at 1379.70 keV and 1558.30 keV, but we reject the assignments of additional previously suggested 0+ candidates. Limits on the level lifetimes of the observed 0+ states permit an evaluation of the collectivity of these states.

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Published in Physical Review C: Nuclear Physics, v. 91, no. 5, article 054317, p. 1-6.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. PHY-1205412, PHY-1068192, and PHY-1305801.

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