Isospin symmetry of atomic nuclei is explicitly broken by the charge-dependent interactions, primarily the Coulomb force. Within the nuclear density functional theory, isospin is also broken spontaneously. We propose a projection scheme rooted in a mean field theory, that allows the consistent treatment of isospin breaking in both ground and exited nuclear states. We demonstrate that
this scheme is essentially free from spurious divergences plaguing particle-number and angular-momentum restoration approaches.
Applications of the new technique include
excited high-spin states in medium-mass
nuclei, such as superdeformed bands and many-particle-many-hole terminating states.