The nuclei 230U and 232U were populated in the compound nucleus reactions 232Th(α,6n) and 232Th(α,4n), respectively. Gamma rays from these nuclei were observed in coincidence with a recoil detector. Acomprehensive set of in-band E2 transitions were observed in the lowest lying negative-parity band of 232Uwhile one E2 transition was also observed for 230U. These allowed B(E1; I - → I + - 1)/B(E2; I - → I - - 2) ratios to be extracted and compared with systematics. The values are similar to those of their Th and Ra isotones. The possibility of a tetrahedral shape for the negative-parity U bands appears difficult to reconcile with the measured Q2 values for the isotone 226Ra.
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