The extraction of 229Th3+ from a buffer-gas stopping cell

30 Oct 2017  ·  von der Wense Lars, Seiferle Benedict, Laatiaoui Mustapha, Thirolf Peter G. ·

In the whole landscape of atomic nuclei, $^{229}$Th is currently the only known nucleus which could allow for the development of a nuclear-based frequency standard, as it possesses an isomeric state of just 7.6 eV energy above the ground state. The 3+ charge state is of special importance in this context, as Th$^{3+}$ allows for a simple laser-cooling scheme... Here we emphasize the direct extraction of triply-charged $^{229}$Th from a buffer-gas stopping cell. This finding will not only simplify any future approach of $^{229}$Th ion cooling, but is also used for thorium-beam purification and in this way provides a powerful tool for the direct identification of the $^{229}$Th isomer to ground state nuclear transition. read more

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