Pilis: Post-ISOCELE laser isobar separation — an apparatus for laser spectroscopic studies of laser-desorbed atoms
An apparatus for laser spectroscopic studies of laser-desorbed radioactive atoms has been installed on-line at the ISOCELE isotope separator (IPN, Orsay). Mass-separated gold ions were first implanted onto a substrate, and then thermally desorbed by a Nd-YAG laser pulse. A three-step, two-resonance scheme was used to selectively ionize the desorbed gold atoms. The ions created were then mass-identified through a time-of-flight technique. The laser system used has a linewidth of 130 MHz, and an actual experimental resolution of 170 MHz for the stable 197Au was obtained. It has been demonstrated that with 10 10 total implanted ions, several laser scans can be performed, and that a 5 × 10 -5 ion conversion efficiency for the desorbed gold atoms was reached at resonance. On-line measurements of the isotope shift (IS) and hyperfine structure (HFS) for several gold isotopes were carried out. With the high-resolution capability, a negative sign for the magnetic moment of 192Au was obtained. The HFS of 187Au confirms an earlier laser spectroscopic study, and the sudden variation of IS between 187Au and 186Au was reproduced.