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14th International Conference on Ion Sources - ICIS 2011, Giardini Naxos : Italie (2011)
Laser Ion Sources for Radioactive Beams
N. Lecesne1

Resonant ionisation laser ion sources are nowadays extensively used, when available, at many leading on-line facilities. Moreover, new laser ion sources are now under development in most of the recent on-line facility projects under construction worldwide. This success is mainly due to the reliability, the ionization efficiency and the high purity that this type of source can achieve for the production of radioactive species and for a large range of chemical elements. Laser ion sources for radioactive beams gather many different systems such as dye laser or all-solid state titanium:sapphire laser systems, high or low repetition rates, hot cavities or gas cells, additional selectivity by using chemical techniques, or the LIST technique (laser ion source trap). In this paper, the physics of laser ion sources will be described with the current limitations and challenges for the future. An overview of the laser ion source facilities will be given, with an emphasis on the ongoing developments and perspectives on LIS.
1 :  GANIL - Grand Accélérateur National d'Ions Lourds
Physique/Physique/Physique des accélérateurs
ion sources – ionisation – laser beam applications – radioactive ion beams – reliability