Demonstration of charge breeding in a compact room temperature electron beam ion trap

GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Planckstrasse 1, 64291 Darmstadt, Germany.
The Review of scientific instruments (Impact Factor: 1.61). 05/2012; 83(5):053302. DOI: 10.1063/1.4719668
Source: PubMed


For the first time, a small room-temperature electron beam ion trap (EBIT), operated with permanent magnets, was successfully used for charge breeding experiments. The relatively low magnetic field of this EBIT does not contribute to the capture of the ions; single-charged ions are only caught by the space charge potential of the electron beam. An over-barrier injection method was used to fill the EBIT's electrostatic trap with externally produced, single-charged potassium ions. Charge states as high as K(19+) were reached after about a 3 s breeding time. The capture and breeding efficiencies up to 0.016(4)% for K(17+) have been measured.

8 Reads
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: The HITRAP (Highly charged Ions TRAP)facility is being set up and commissioned at GSI, Darmstadt. It will provide heavy, highly charged ions at low velocities to high-precision atomic physics experiments. Within this work the Cooler trap- the key element of the HITRAP facility was tested. The Cooler trap was assembled, aligned, and commissioned in trapping experiments with ions from off-line sources.The work performed within the scope of this thesis provided the baseline for further operation and maintenance of the Cooler trap.
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: HITRAP is a facility at GSI in Darmstadt for decelerating, cooling and storing heavy, highly charged ions. It is designed to decelerate a beam of A/q < 3 particles with an energy of 4 MeV per nucleon as provided by the heavy ion storage ring ESR. HITRAP's decelerating linear accelerator (linac) will decelerate ions down to 6 keV per nucleon and then inject them into a Penning trap for cooling. The trap will capture bunches of up to 105 ions as heavy as U92+ in flight, cool and store them. After extraction from the cooler trap, the vertical beam line (VBL) transports the cold ions to the experiments. The linac has shown to decelerate ions down to 500 keV per nucleon on-line and to 6 keV per nucleon off-line. Recent tests with electrons and ions injected into the trap showed the necessity of a more careful electric and magnetic field alignment. An installed test ion source as well as a system of apertures and position sensitive diagnostics will be used to align the fields. A highly charged ion beam from a small room temperature electron beam ion trap was used for commissioning the VBL.
    09/2013; T156:4095-. DOI:10.1088/0031-8949/2013/T156/014095