Oct 3 – 7, 2022
Science Culture Center, IBS
Asia/Seoul timezone

Uncovering the Proton Drip-Line of Tm with TITAN's MR-TOF Mass Spectrometer

Oct 6, 2022, 11:30 AM
S236 (Science Culture Center, IBS)


Science Culture Center, IBS

55 EXPO-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon
Oral Session Session 12


Brian Kootte (TRIUMF/University of Manitoba)


The change in nuclear binding energy associated with a nuclear decay or reaction can be determined directly using nuclear mass measurements. Precision mass spectrometry techniques, such as the Multiple-Reflection Time-of-Flight technique (MRTOF), are therefore indispensable tools for characterizing the strength of nuclear binding.

In the vicinity of the neutron-deficient limits of the N=82 shell closure, nuclear half-lives are sufficiently long to allow for high-precision mass measurements up to, and even across the proton drip-line. This provides a testbed for theoretical predictions of its location. Radioactive beam experiments were performed to establish the precise location of the proton drip-line in the Tm isotopic chain. This was achieved by obtaining previously unmeasued Tm masses, as well as by updating an anomalous mass contained within the 2020 Atomic Mass Evaluation.

These measurements utilized beams of radioactive isotopes produced at TRIUMF's Isotope Separator And Accelerator (ISAC), a well-established ISOL facility. ISAC delivered high-intensity beams to the MRTOF at TRIUMF's Ion Trap for Atomic and Nuclear Science (TITAN), where they were measured to precisions on the order of $\frac{\delta m}{m} \approx 10^{-7}$. Measurements of the rarest species were made possible by employing the recently implemented isobaric retrapping technique within the MRTOF to suppress contaminant species in the radioactive beam.

Primary author

Brian Kootte (TRIUMF/University of Manitoba)


Mr Kilian Dietrich Prof. Jens Dilling (Oakridge National Lab) Ms Eleanor Dunling (TRIUMF) Prof. Gerald Gwinner (University of Manitoba) Mr Zachary Hockenbery Dr Chris Izzo (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory) Mr Andrew Jacobs (TRIUMF/University of British Columbia) Mr Abhilash Javaji Dr Yang Lan Erich Leistenschneider (CERN) Ms Eleni Marina Lykiardopoulou (TRIUMF/University of British Columbia) Dr Ish Mukul Dr Tobias Murboeck (University of Giessen) Mr Stefan Paul (TRIUMF/University of Heidelberg) Moritz Pascal Reiter (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, II. Physikalisches Institut, Gießen, Germany, University of Edinburgh, EH8 9AB Edinburgh, United Kingdom) Mr Jon Ringuette (TRIUMF) Dr Roshani Silwal (Applician State University) Mr Rane Simpson Mr Ryohei Weil Dr A.A. Kwiatkowski (TRIUMF/University of Victoria)

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