RIBF Nuclear Physics Seminar

A first review of the SLOWRI-MRTOF mass spectrograph following the ZeroDegree spectrometer at BigRIPS

by Dr Marco Rosenbusch (RIKEN Nishina Center of Accelerator-Based Science)


=Date and Place=

Feb. 14th (Tue) 2023  , 13:30~ via Hybrid  (Zoom + RIBF hall)


Dr. Marco Rosenbush (KEK, Wako Nuclear Science Center)


A first review of the SLOWRI-MRTOF mass spectrograph following the ZeroDegree spectrometer at BigRIPS


Multi-reflection time-of-flight (MRTOF) mass spectrometry [1] has become a new powerful tool for fast and precise measurements of atomic masses. It is a break through-technology considering the required duration of a measurement and the small number of rare events needed to reach a relative mass precision of $\delta m/m \leq 10^{-7}$. In order to utilize the powerful isotope production capabilities of the RIBF facility and study nuclear masses for cutting-edge research, a new MRTOF mass spectrograph (MRTOF-MS) has been assembled; it became operational for the first time in spring 2020 [2]. The new device has been coupled to a cryogenic gas cell to convert the radioisotopes produced at relativistic energies into a low-energy beam amenable to ion trapping. The setup underwent an initial on-line commissioning at the BigRIPS facility at the end of 2020, wherein more than 70 nuclear masses were measured. 

In this seminar, I will explain the MRTOF technique and compare its capabilities with other available methods. The new setup at BigRIPS will be discussed along with new advances like decay-correlated mass spectroscopy and also technological challenges, e.g. providing low-energy ion beams at RIBF and reaching high mass accuracy. A summary of the first commissioning experiments and follow-up mass measurements will be presented. Among other measurements presented, these results include new masses of neutron-rich titanium and vanadium isotopes revealing a vanishing of a shell gap at $N = 34$, which is known to be pronounced in Ca isotopes [3]. 

[1] H. Wollnik, M. Przewloka, Int. J. Mass Spectrom. Ion Proc. 96 (1990) 267. 

[2] M. Rosenbusch et al., Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A 1047, 167824 (2023). 

[3] S. Iimura et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 130, 012501 (2023).