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Observation of Collisional De-Excitation Phenomena in Plutonium (2022)

Raggio, A., Pohjalainen, I., & Moore, I. D. (2022). Observation of Collisional De-Excitation Phenomena in Plutonium. Atoms, 10(2), Article 40. https://doi.org/10.3390/atoms10020040

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All authors or editorsRaggio, Andrea; Pohjalainen, Ilkka; Moore, Iain D.

Journal or seriesAtoms


Publication year2022

Publication date20/04/2022


Issue number2

Article number40

PublisherMDPI AG

Publication countrySwitzerland

Publication languageEnglish


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Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/80817


A program of research towards the high-resolution optical spectroscopy of actinide elements for the study of fundamental nuclear structure is currently ongoing at the IGISOL facility of the University of Jyväskylä. One aspect of this work is the development of a gas-cell-based actinide laser ion source using filament-based dispensers of long-lived actinide isotopes. We have observed prominent phenomena in the resonant laser ionization process specific to the gaseous environment of the gas cell. The development and investigation of a laser ionization scheme for plutonium atoms is reported, focusing on the effects arising from the collision-induced phenomena of plutonium atoms in helium gas. The gas-cell environment was observed to greatly reduce the sensitivity of an efficient plutonium ionization scheme developed in vacuum. This indicates competition between resonant laser excitation and collisional de-excitation by the gas atoms, which is likely being enhanced by the very high atomic level density within actinide elements.

Keywordsnuclear physicsplutoniumresearch equipment

Free keywordscollisional de-excitation; actinide elements; resonance laser ionization; gas cell

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Reporting Year2022

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