Can someone explain nuclear isomers to me, and in particular what the energy involved is? I understand generally that we're talking about moving from a less to more stable configuration of nuclear particles, but that's about as far as my understanding goes.
Given that we don't have an answer yet, I'll chime in to say that I've not heard this term before despite being a nuclear physicist in grad school.
From that we deduce that if we found some isotope that had two stable configurations we would call them "nuclear isomers" by the obvious extension. Which leads to the speculation that meta-stable nuclear states might be given that name.
Take that with a grain of salt. I've no references and no experience with the term in the mouths of practicing scientists.