Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam interactions with materials and atoms vol:226 issue:3 pages:401-418
The application of a gas cell filled with noble gas (helium or argon) for thermalizing, storing and transporting trace radioactive ions and atoms has been studied in on-line conditions. Radioactive ions produced in nuclear reactions and stable energetic ions have been resonantly re-ionized by laser light via a two-step resonant process after thermalization and neutralization in high-pressure noble gas. The influence of the ion-electron density created by the projectile beam on the recombination of exotic ions has been investigated in different experimental conditions, including DC and RF electrical fields in the gas cell. Results for the laser ion source efficiency and selectivity for heavy-ion induced fusion reaction products are given. For the Rh isotopes the efficiency reaches up to 12%. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.