In-beam Coulomb excitation of the exotic odd-odd nucleus Ta-180 has been st
udied by using a Xe-136 beam and a setup consisting of five EURO B ALL CLUS
TER detectors and the Darmstadt-Heidelberg Crystal Ball array. Spectroscopi
c information on the extremely rare Ta-180 is obtained from the comparison
between an enriched (3.6 +/-0.3% Ta-180) and a natural tantalum target. Pos
sible evidence for a depopulation from the long-lived high-spin J(pi) = 9(-
) isomer to the short-lived J(pi) = 1(+) ground state is searched for by di
fferent methods. The decay of low-K bandheads, which are nanosecond isomers
, towards the groundstate band can be demonstrated in delayed spectroscopy.
A gamma gamma coincidence analysis provides indications of K = 5 in-band t
ransitions. Finally, when tile Crystal Ball is used as an energy and gamma
multiplicity filter, signals of decay into the K = 0 band are observed.