The recoil transfer chamber - An interface to connect the physical preseparator TASCA with chemistry and counting setups

Even, J.; Ballof, J.; Brüchle, W.; Buda, R. A.; Düllmann, Ch E.; Eberhardt, K.; Gorshkov, A.; Gromm, E.; Hild, D.; Jäger, E.; Khuyagbaatar, J.; Kratz, J. V.; Krier, J.; Liebe, D.; Mendel, M.; Nayak, D.; Opel, K.; Omtvedt, J. P.; Reichert, P.; Runke, J.; ... (2011). The recoil transfer chamber - An interface to connect the physical preseparator TASCA with chemistry and counting setups. Nuclear instruments & methods in physics research. Section A - accelerators, spectrometers, detectors and associated equipment, 638(1), pp. 157-164. Amsterdam: North-Holland 10.1016/j.nima.2011.02.053

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Performing experiments with transactinide elements demands highly sensitive detection methods due to the extremely low production rates (one-atom-at-a-time conditions). Preseparation with a physical recoil separator is a powerful method to significantly reduce the background in experiments with sufficiently long-lived isotopes (t1/2≥0.5 s). In the last years, the new gas-filled TransActinide Separator and Chemistry Apparatus (TASCA) was installed and successfully commissioned at GSI. Here, we report on the design and performance of a Recoil Transfer Chamber (RTC) for TASCA—an interface to connect various chemistry and counting setups with the separator. Nuclear reaction products recoiling out of the target are separated according to their magnetic rigidity within TASCA, and the wanted products are guided to the focal plane of TASCA. In the focal plane, they pass a thin Mylar window that separates the ∼1 mbar atmosphere in TASCA from the RTC kept at ∼1 bar. The ions are stopped in the RTC and transported by a continuous gas flow from the RTC to the ancillary setup. In this paper, we report on measurements of the transportation yields under various conditions and on the first chemistry experiments at TASCA—an electrochemistry experiment with osmium and an ion exchange experiment with the transactinide element rutherfordium.

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08 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences (DCBP)

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Türler, Andreas








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04 Oct 2013 14:27

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