Control of RILIS lasers at IGISOL facilities using a compact atomic beam reference cell
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The choice and proper operation of the laser systems for laser ion sources at on-line facilities using multi-step resonance ionization processes is the basis for production of intense and pure radioactive ion beams. These pave the way for numerous fundamental studies in nuclear and astrophysics. A comparison between systems of medium or high repetition rate pulsed tunable lasers based on dyes or crystals as active medium has been carried out at the IGISOL facility at Louvain-la-Neuve. The importance of properly controlling the operation conditions of the individual lasers via a reference atomic beam chamber is highlighted and design and implementation of such a compact device for permanent monitoring as well as possible regulation of the various laser parameters of relevance is discussed.
KeywordsResonance ionization Laser ion source Laser repetition rate Gas cell Gas jet
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