Development of an in-flight optical ConeTrap to measure fundamental nuclear properties in exotic super-asymmetric fission fragments

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

The project will use novel ion manipulation techniques (Paul traps, electrostatic traps and RF coolers) in conjunction with precision laser spectroscopy to measure fundamental nuclear properties in exotic super-asymmetric fission fragments (and atomic-nuclear processes in ultra-low lying nuclear excited states).
The project will be based in Manchester with on-line research conducted at the IGISOL facility, JYFL, Jyvaskyla, Finland and potentially at ISOLDE, CERN. The research will require the redesign of a recently constructed electrostatic ConeTrap and the use of this device, for the first time, to facilitate high efficiency laser spectroscopy. The developed system will then be exploited to make precision measurements of nuclear parameters via the hyperfine structure and isotope shift. In the new work the objective is to achieve spectroscopic efficiencies at an order of magnitude higher than that we have previously attained and commission apparatus capable of studying the most weakly produced and highest Z systems available at our on-line isotope separators.

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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ST/N504178/1 01/10/2015 31/03/2021
2318498 Studentship ST/N504178/1 06/09/2019 31/03/2023 Daniel Pitman-Weymouth
ST/T506291/1 01/10/2019 30/09/2023
2318498 Studentship ST/T506291/1 06/09/2019 31/03/2023 Daniel Pitman-Weymouth