A new device for the study of electron-ion interactions: The Belfast EBIT

Frederick Currell, John Aiken, Kenneth Dunn, Anthony Kavanagh, Vesselin Krastev, X. Lu, M. Matranga, A.F. Morton, Brian O'Rourke, H. Tawara, Hirofumi Watanabe

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An electron beam ion trap ( EBIT) has been designed and is currently under construction for use in atomic physics experiments at the Queen's University, Belfast. In contrast to traditional EBITs where pairs of superconducting magnets are used, a pair of permanent magnets will be used to compress the electron beam. The permanent magnets have been designed in conjunction with bespoke vacuum ports to give unprecedented access for photon detection. Furthermore, the bespoke vacuum ports facillitate a versatile, reconfigurable trap structure able to accommodate various in-situ detectors and in-line charged particle analysers. Although the machine will have somewhat lower specifications than many existing EBITs in terms of beam current density, it is hoped that the unique features will facilitate a number of hitherto impossible studies involving interactions between electrons and highly charged ions. In this article the new machine's design is outlined along with some suggestions of the type of process to be studied once the construction is completed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-55
Number of pages3
JournalPhysica Scripta
Publication statusPublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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