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

High-resolution laser ionization spectroscopy of actinides in a Supersonic Gas Jet

Oct 3, 2022, 10:54 PM
S236 (Science Culture Center, IBS)


Science Culture Center, IBS

55 EXPO-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon
Poster Session Poster Session


Rafael Ferrer-Garcia (KU Leuven - IKS)


Resonant laser ionization and spectroscopy are widely used techniques at radioactive ion beam facilities to produce pure beams of exotic nuclei and measure the mean-square charge radii, spins and electromagnetic moments of these nuclei. In such measurements on the heaviest elements it is, however, difficult to combine a high efficiency with a high spectral resolution. A significant improvement in the spectral resolution by more than one order of magnitude was demonstrated without loss in efficiency [1] by performing laser ionization spectroscopy of actinium isotopes in a supersonic gas jet. This novel spectroscopic method [2] is thus suited for spectroscopic studies of the ground- and isomeric-state properties of the hardly accessible actinide elements with an unprecedented spectral resolution and a high efficiency at radioactive beam facilities such as SHIP (GSI) and S3-LEB (GANIL).
Offline characterization studies at KU Leuven, dealing with the flow dynamics and the formation of supersonic jets produced by different gas-cell exit nozzles [3], and the characterization of a high-power, high-repetition rate laser system comprising multi- and single-mode lasers [4], have been carried out to optimize the performance of the technique. Furthermore, we plan on producing pure ion beams of the low-energy nuclear isomer in $^{229}$Th to determine its lifetime and excitation energy in a series of experiments that will complement current and future measurements performed at ISOLDE (CERN).
In my talk, I will summarize the main results of off-line studies carried out at KU Leuven and will report on the implementation and prospects of the in-gas-jet resonance ionization method applied to very-heavy elements.

[1] R. Ferrer et al., Nat. Commun.8, 14520 doi: 10.1038/ncomms14520 (2017).
[2] Yu. Kudryavtsev, R. Ferrer, M. Huyse, P. Van den Berg, P. Van Duppen, Nucl. Instrum. Meth. B 297, 7 (2013).
[3] R. Ferrer, M. Verlinde et al., Phys. Rev. Res. 3, 043041 (2021).
[4] M. Verlinde, R. Ferrer et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 91, 103002 (2020)

Primary author

Rafael Ferrer-Garcia (KU Leuven - IKS)


Antoine de Roubin (KU LEUVEN) Mr Arno Claessens (KU Leuven - IKS) Mr Fedor Ivandikov (KU Leuven - IKS) Jekabs Romans (KU Leuven) Paul Van Den Bergh (KU Leuven) Piet Van Duppen (KU Leuven - Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica) Premaditya Chhetri (KU Leuven) Sandro Kraemer (KU Leuven, Instituut voor Kern- and Stralingsfysica) Simon Sels (KU Leuven) Dr Yuri Kudryavtsev (KU Leuven-IKS)

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