Sep 20 – 24, 2021
America/Vancouver timezone

Optimization of a Negative Ion Source for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry using Lorentz 2E

Sep 22, 2021, 10:00 AM
Parallel Session (Contributed Oral) talk Negative ion sources


Collin Tiessen (Andre E. Lalonde Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Lab)


Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) is a highly sensitive technique used for the analysis of long-lived radioisotopes. Such measurements are useful in geology, archeology, environmental tracer studies, nuclear waste monitoring, and nuclear forensics. The cesium-sputter negative-ion source acts as a sample injector and, in the cases of carbon-14, aluminum-26, and iodine-129, an isobar suppressor. Integrated Engineering Software’s Lorentz 2E ion optics software has been used to model the electrodynamics within the ion sources at the A. E. Lalonde AMS laboratory. These simulations include and demonstrate the importance of space-charge effects from the positive cesium ion sputtering beam on the negative ion sample beam. This presentation will illustrate the use of Lorenz 2E to optimize the emittance of the outgoing negative ion beam, while simultaneously maintaining the focusing of the cesium ions on the sample material. These results will be compared with experimental observations.

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Primary authors

Collin Tiessen (Andre E. Lalonde Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Lab) William Kieser (University of Ottawa) Dr Xiaolei Zhao (University of Ottawa)

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