Investigation of Ho ion production with a laser ablation ion source

R. Bhandari, M. Horana Gamage, N. D. Gamage, M. Redshaw

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At Central Michigan University (CMU), we are developing the CMU High Precision Penning Trap (CHIP-TRAP) with the aim of performing high-precision mass measurements on stable and long-lived radioactive isotopes. A major goal of CHIP-TRAP is to measure the 163Ho EC Q value to 1/41 eV precision to aid direct neutrino mass determination experiments with 163Ho. CHIP-TRAP utilizes a laser ablation source (LAS) and a Penning ion trap source to produce ions from solid and gaseous samples, respectively. Ions from these sources are identified by measuring their times-of-flight from the source to their detection on a micro channel plate detector (MCP). With the goal of producing 163Ho+ ions from a solution of 163Ho dissolved in nitric acid and dried out on a backing target to be inserted into the LAS, we investigated the production of naturally occurring, stable 165 Ho+ following this method. We aimed to determine the minimum number of Ho atoms required on the target to produce a detectable number of Ho+ ions, and to investigate different backing materials to determine if a particular material minimized contaminant ions from the backing material and maximized the number of Ho+ ions compared to, for example, HoO+ ions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012076
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 25 2022
Event19th International Conference on Ion Sources, ICIS 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Sep 20 2021Sep 24 2021


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