Ionization scheme development at the ISOLDE RILIS
Journal article, 2005

The resonance ionization laser ion source (RILIS) of the ISOLDE on-line isotope separation facility is based on the method of laser step-wise resonance ionization of atoms in a hot metal cavity. The atomic selectivity of the RILIS complements the mass selection process of the ISOLDE separator magnets to provide beams of a chosen isotope with greatly reduced isobaric contamination. Using a system of dye lasers pumped by copper vapour lasers, ion beams of 24 elements have been generated at ISOLDE with ionization efficiencies in the range of 0.5-15%. As part of the ongoing RILIS development off-line resonance ionization spectroscopy studies carried out in 2003 and 2004 have determined the optimal three-step ionization schemes for scandium, antimony, dysprosium and yttrium.


V. N. Fedosseev


B. A. Marsh

University of Manchester


D. V. Fedorov

Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (PNPI)

U. Köster


Elisabeth Tengborn

Chalmers, Fundamental Physics

Hyperfine Interactions

0304-3843 (ISSN) 1572-9540 (eISSN)

Vol. 162 1-4 15-27

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Physical Sciences



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