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

Molecular ion beams at CERN-ISOLDE – development and facilities

Oct 3, 2022, 6:06 PM
S236 (Science Culture Center, IBS)


Science Culture Center, IBS

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


Mia Au (CERN)


The CERN-ISOLDE facility at CERN uses the Isotope Separation On-Line (ISOL) method to provide experiments with radioactive ion beams (RIBs). Isotopes are produced in thick targets and must undergo diffusion and effusion before reaching the ion source, where they are then ionized. Forming volatile molecules with the radioactive species of interest is a technique occasionally used to efficiently extract beams of refractory elements [1-4] and to eliminate isobaric contamination by mass-separation on a molecular sideband. Certain radioactive molecules are candidates for studies of fundamental symmetry violations and new physics beyond the standard model [5,6]. Recently, radium fluoride was studied using laser spectroscopy at ISOLDE [7], demonstrating experimental capabilities to study radioactive molecules at RIB facilities.

Developments from the ISOLDE targets and ion sources are essential to characterize ionization and breakup channels of these molecular species of interest, facilitating delivery as molecular ion beams. For fragile molecules with low dissociation temperatures, alternative methods of production are needed [8]. For all molecular species, separation and identification are required for systematic studies. The ISOLDE off-line facilities are upgraded in terms of production, manipulation, and detection of molecules, thus enabling systematic studies on the formation, ionization and dissociation of molecular beams. We will present the infrastructure and developments for molecular beam studies as well as first results of ongoing offline developments for molecular beams.

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[2] R. Kirchner, Nucl. Inst. and Meth. B 126, 135 (1997)
[3] H. Frånberg et al., Rev. Sci. Inst. 77, 03A708 (2006)
[4] J. Ballof et al., Eur. Phys. J. A 55, 65 (2019)
[5] M. Safronova et al., Rev. Mod. Phys. 90, 025008 (2018)
[6] N. Hutzler et al., arXiv, DOI 10.48550/ARXIV.2010.08709 (2020)
[7] R. Garcia-Ruiz et al., Nature 581, 396 (2020)
[8] J. Ballof et al., J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 2244 012072 (2022)

Primary author

Mia Au (CERN)


Michail Athanasakis-Kaklamanakis (CERN) Jochen Ballof (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB)) Katerina Chrysalidis (CERN) Reinhard Heinke (CERN) Ulli Köster (Institut Laue-Langevin) Edgars Mamis (University of Latvia) Simon Stegemann (CERN) Wiktoria Wojtaczka (KU Leuven (BE)) Christoph E. Düllmann (Department of Chemistry – TRIGA Site, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH Darmstadt, Helmholtz Institute Mainz) Sebastian Rothe (CERN)

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