Developments towards in-gas-jet laser spectroscopy studies of actinium isotopes at LISOL

Abstract : To study exotic nuclides at the borders of stability with laser ionization and spectroscopy techniques, highest efficiencies in combination with a high spectral resolution are required. These usually opposing requirements are reconciled by applying the in-gas-laser ionization and spectroscopy (IGLIS) technique in the supersonic gas jet produced by a de Laval nozzle installed at the exit of the stopping gas cell. Carrying out laser ionization in the low-temperature and low density supersonic gas jet eliminates pressure broadening, which will significantly improve the spectral resolution. This article presents the required modifications at the Leuven Isotope Separator On-Line (LISOL) facility that are needed for the first on-line studies of in-gas-jet laser spectroscopy. Different geometries for the gas outlet and extraction ion guides have been tested for their performance regarding the acceptance of laser ionized species as well as for their differential pumping capacities. The specifications and performance of the temporarily installed high repetition rate laser system, including a narrow bandwidth injection-locked Ti:sapphire laser, are discussed and first preliminary results on neutron-deficient actinium isotopes are presented indicating the high capability of this novel technique.
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S. Raeder, B. Bastin, M. Block, P. Creemers, P. Delahaye, et al.. Developments towards in-gas-jet laser spectroscopy studies of actinium isotopes at LISOL. XVIIth International Conference on Electromagnetic Isotope Separators and Related Topics (EMIS2015), May 2015, Grand Rapids, United States. pp.382-387, ⟨10.1016/j.nimb.2015.12.014⟩. ⟨in2p3-01278441⟩

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