16-21 September 2018
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State-of-the-art industrial laser technology for laser ion source applications at ISOL facilities

18 Sep 2018, 16:45
500/1-201 - Mezzanine (CERN)

500/1-201 - Mezzanine


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Poster Isotope production, target and ion source techniques Poster Session 2


Shane Wilkins (University of Manchester (GB))


The unrivaled combination of efficiency and selectivity of the resonance-ionization process has made laser ion sources a mainstay of Isotope Separator On-Line (ISOL) facilities. The growing demand for laser-ionized beams has necessitated the use of increasingly robust laser systems, which are capable of operating continuously, and possess a long mean time between failures.

Such stringent reliability requirements are commonplace in the industrial sector, where lasers used for machining applications typically operate around-the-clock. To meet our industrial-level demand, we have therefore taken advantage of the range of machining lasers that have emerged in recent years [1][2]. Whilst these systems typically satisfy the reliability requirements, only a few satisfy the particular performance characteristics needed for laser-ion-source applications. At ISOL facilities, the industry-grade lasers are extensively used for tunable-laser pumping and non-resonant ionization [3]. Laser-induced breakup of molecular species released from targets is currently under investigation. Optimal performance for each foreseeable ISOL application requires a range of specific sets of laser-pulse characteristics: pulse width, energy, repetition rate, beam quality, and linewidth. This contribution will present an overview of our current practical experience of industrial lasers used for laser-ion-source applications.

[1] B. Marsh et al., https://doi.org/10.17181/CERN.F65D.P3NR
[2] B. Marsh et al., https://doi.org/10.1007/s10751-010-0168-5
[3] S. Rothe et al., https//doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/312/5/052020

Primary authors

Shane Wilkins (University of Manchester (GB)) Bruce Marsh (CERN) Valentine Fedosseev (CERN) Camilo Andres Granados Buitrago (KU Leuven (BE)) Katerina Chrysalidis (Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz (DE)) Sebastian Rothe (CERN)

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