The in-gas laser ionization and spectroscopy (IGLIS) technique is used to produce and to investigate short-lived radioactive isotopes at on-line ion beam facilities. In this technique, the nuclear reaction products recoiling out of a thin target are thermalized and neutralized in a high-pressure noble gas, resonantly ionized by the laser beams in a two-step process, and then extracted from the ion source to be finally accelerated and mass separated. Resonant ionization of radioactive species in the supersonic gas jet ensures very high spectral resolution because of essential reduction of broadening mechanisms. To obtain the maximum efficiency and the best spectral resolution, properties of the supersonic jet and the laser beams must be optimized. To perform these studies a new off-line IGLIS laboratory, including a new high-repetition-rate laser system and a dedicated off-line mass separator, has been commissioned. In this article, the specifications of the different components necessary to achieve optimum conditions in laser-spectroscopy studies of radioactive beams using IGLIS are discussed and the results of simulations are presented.
|Journal||Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms|
|Early online date||4 Mar 2016|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2016|
Kudryavtsev, Y., Creemers, P., Ferrer, R., Granados, C., Gaffney, L., Huyse, M., ... Zadvornaya, A. (2016). A new in-gas-laser ionization and spectroscopy laboratory for off-line studies at KU Leuven. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 376, 345-352. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nimb.2016.02.040