Isomers and their roles in discovery and as probes of nuclear structure are discussed, with a focus on neutron-rich nuclei in the mass 180-190 region. Long-lived, high-K isomers are predicted in the heavy hafnium nuclei for example, some of which should be accessible by projectile fragmentation and deep-inelastic reactions. Progress with these reactions in reaching a broad range of isotopes to the right of the stability line is summarized. Recent results for isomers in the iridium and osmium...[Show more]
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