Alternative approach to populate and study the 229Th nuclear clock isomer
Verlinde, M., Kraemer, S., Moens, J., Chrysalidis, K., Correia, J. G., Cottenier, S., De Witte, H., Fedorov, D. V., Fedosseev, V. N., Ferrer, R., Fraile, L. M., Geldhof, S., Granados, C. A., Laatiaoui, M., Lima, T. A. L., Lin, P.-C., Manea, V., Marsh, B. A., Moore, I., . . . Wilkins, S. G. (2019). Alternative approach to populate and study the 229Th nuclear clock isomer. Physical Review C, 100(2), Article 024315. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevC.100.024315
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Wahl, U. |
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A new approach to observe the radiative decay of the 229Th nuclear isomer, and to determine its energy and radiative lifetime, is presented. Situated at a uniquely low excitation energy, this nuclear state might be a key ingredient for the development of a nuclear clock or a nuclear laser and, the search for time variations of fundamental constants like the fine structure constant. The isomer’s γ decay towards the ground state will be studied with a high-resolution vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectrometer after its production by the β decay of 229Ac. The novel production method presents a number of advantages asserting its competitive nature with respect to the commonly used 233U α-decay recoil source. In this paper, a feasibility analysis of this new concept, and an experimental investigation of its key ingredients, using a pure 229Ac ion beam produced at the ISOLDE radioactive beam facility, is reported.
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