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Trapping of ions from high energy sources into a radiofrequency ion trap

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An attempt is described to confine ions, created externally and accelerated to some energy, in an rf quadrupole trap. 4 keV Ba+ ions were stopped on a Ni foil, placed in an aperture of one trap electrode. The Ba then was evaporated from the heated foil and ionized by electron impact. At background pressure of about 10−5 mbar of various light buffer gases (He, H2, N2), the trap was filled once with 105 ions, at a minimum primary ion number of 1010. The storage time was 10 min. From the data obtained the possibility of spectroseopic experiments on rare isotopes, created with accelerators or nuclear reactors, is discussed.

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Coutandin, J., Werth, G. Trapping of ions from high energy sources into a radiofrequency ion trap. Appl. Phys. B 29, 89–92 (1982). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00692768

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