7Be decays via electron capture and therefore its half-life is expected to depend on the electron density at the nucleus. We measured the 7Be half-life in palladium, tungsten, zirconium and tantalum metals, in order to investigate the influence of the quasi-free electrons in metals on the probability of electron capture. The 7Be samples were obtained implanting a 4.85MeV pure radioactive 7Be ion beam. The 7Be half-life was determined measuring the 478 keV gamma, decay following the electron capture by means of HPGe detectors. In older to reduce systematic errors, we planned to perform independent measurements in three different laboratories: Naples (Italy), Bochum (Germany) and Debrecen (Hungary). On the basis of the first results, we do not find a 7 Be half-life change within the experimental errors of 0.4%.
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics