Technical developments for an upgrade of the LEBIT Penning trap mass spectrometry facility for rare isotopes

M. Redshaw, B. R. Barquest, G. Bollen, S. E. Bustabad, C. M. Campbell, R. Ferrer, A. Gehring, A. A. Kwiatkowski, D. L. Lincoln, D. J. Morrissey, G. K. Pang, R. Ringle, S. Schwarz

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The LEBIT (Low Energy Beam and Ion Trap) facility is the only Penning trap mass spectrometry (PTMS) facility to utilize rare isotopes produced via fast-beam fragmentation. This technique allows access to practically all elements lighter than uranium, and in particular enables the production of isotopes that are not available or that are difficult to obtain at isotope separation on-line facilities. The preparation of the high-energy rare-isotope beam produced by projectile fragmentation for low-energy PTMS experiments is achieved by gas stopping to slow down and thermalize the fast-beam ions, along with an rf quadrupole cooler and buncher and rf quadrupole ion guides to deliver the beam to the Penning trap. During its first phase of operation LEBIT has been very successful, and new developments are now underway to access rare isotopes even farther from stability, which requires dealing with extremely short lifetimes and low production rates. These developments aim at increasing delivery efficiency, minimizing delivery and measurement time, and maximizing use of available beam time. They include an upgrade to the gas-stopping station, active magnetic field monitoring and stabilization by employing a miniature Penning trap as a magnetometer, the use of stored waveform inverse Fourier transform (SWIFT) to most effectively remove unwanted ions, and charge breeding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-249
Number of pages9
JournalHyperfine Interactions
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • Image charge detection
  • Mass measurement
  • Penning trap


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