Transportation of a radioactive ion beam for precise laser-trapping experiments

Hirokazu Kawamura, S. Ando, T. Aoki, H. Arikawa, Kenichi Harada, T. Hayamizu, Takeshi Inoue, T. Ishikawa, M. Itoh, K. Kato, L. Köhler, K. Sakamoto, A. Uchiyama, Yasuhiro Sakemi

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Francium is the heaviest species among the alkali elements. Due to its properties, francium is said to be of advantage in measurements of tiny observations, such as atomic parity violation and electric dipole moment. Before executing experiments with francium, it must be produced artificially because it is one of the most unstable elements. We produced francium with the nuclear fusion reaction of an oxygen beam and gold target, ionized the produced francium through a thermal ionization process, and extracted the ion with electrostatic fields. However, the thermal ionization process is known to ionize not only an objective atom but also other atomic species. Therefore, a Wien filter was installed to analyze the composition of the ion beam and purify the beam. This allowed us to improve the beam purity from ∼10-6 to ∼10-3.

Original languageEnglish
Article number02B921
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation


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