Nuclear structure studies with ion traps
Jokinen, Ari Department of Physics, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland.
Eronen, Tommi Department of Physics, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland.
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In the past decade, the rapid development of charged-particle trapping techniques has enabled nuclear structure studies of nuclei that were previously not accessible. The main problem usually is not the small production but the overwhelming background radioactivity originating from other nuclei produced simultaneously. With ion traps, especially with Penning traps, the contaminants can be separated by their mass with very high resolution, enabling also very high precision mass spectrometry. Not only can the decay itself be studied, but also the nuclear mass itself can be used as an observable for studying binding of nuclei.
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