The fission probability of U232 has been measured using the Pa231(He3,df) reaction with an energy resolution of 11 keV in the excitation energy region of E*=4.0-6.4 MeV. A number of sub-barrier fission resonances have been observed for the first time in the excitation energy range below E*=4.8 MeV and interpreted as rotational bands with a rotational parameter characteristic to a hyperdeformed nuclear shape (2/2Θ=1.96±0.11 keV). The angular distribution of the associated fission fragments was measured to deduce the K value of the rotational bands. The fission barrier parameters of U232 have been determined by analyzing the overall features of the fission probability. A deep third minimum with an excitation energy of EIII=3.2(2) MeV and rather low inner barrier height of EA=4.0(3) MeV could be established.
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics