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Storing keV negative ions for an hour: The lifetime of the metastable 2P1/2 level in 32S−
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics. Jan Kochanowski University, Poland.
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2015 (English)In: Physical Review Letters, ISSN 0031-9007, E-ISSN 1079-7114, Vol. 114, no 14, 143003Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We use a novel electrostatic ion storage ring to measure the radiative lifetime of the upper level in the 3p 5  P 2  o 1/2 →3p 5  P 2  o 3/2   spontaneous radiative decay in S −  32   to be 503±54  sec . This is by orders of magnitude the longest lifetime ever measured in a negatively charged ion. Cryogenic cooling of the storage ring gives a residual-gas pressure of a few times 10 −14   mbar at 13 K and storage of 10 keV sulfur anions for more than an hour. Our experimental results differ by 1.3σ  from the only available theoretical prediction.

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2015. Vol. 114, no 14, 143003
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Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
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Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114302DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.143003ISI: 000352192200009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-114302DiVA: diva2:791037
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Swedish Research Council, 821-2013-1642Swedish Research Council, 621-2012-3662Swedish Research Council, 621-2011-4047Swedish Research Council, 621-2013-4084
Available from: 2015-02-26 Created: 2015-02-26 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
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1. Time-Resolved Spectroscopy and Intensity Measurements of Singly Charged Ions
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2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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This thesis is mainly concerned with investigations of spontaneous radiatively decaying states in both negative and positive singly charged ions. When possible, the measured lifetime of the state has been combined with branching fractions in order to derive the absolute transition probability (A-value) between different quantum states. The radiative transition probability between two quantum states is a fundamental atomic property. Knowledge of this property can be used as a diagnostic tool in, for example, abundance and temperature determinations with applications in many fields, e.g. astronomy, plasma physics, atomic physics etc.

The focus of the experiments has been on lifetime measurements of long-lived metastable states. Lifetimes of long-lived metastable states are interesting in both theoretical aspects as well as the challenge it poses to the experimentalist. To perform such experiments, impact from the surrounding environment on the stored ions has to be kept to a minimum for extended periods of time. The metastable lifetimes presented here have been measured with time-resolved laser spectroscopic techniques in two different types of ion storage rings. One of them is a new type of unique cryogenically cooled storage ring made of purely electrostatic ion optical elements. As is demonstrated in this thesis, this device opens up a completely new time domain where lifetime measurements now can be performed. In addition, this thesis includes a discussion and preliminary studies of weak interactions otherwise limited by magnetic fields and/or thermal radiation from the environment. When available, the results have been compared to previous measurements and theoretical calculations which enables an evaluation of different methods and theoretical models.

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Stockholm: Department of Physics, Stockholm University, 2015. 88 p.
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Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
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Physics
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-113503 (URN)978-91-7649-100-3 (ISBN)
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2015-03-20, sal FB42, AlbaNova universitetscentrum, Roslagstullsbacken 21, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 6: Accepted.

Available from: 2015-02-26 Created: 2015-02-03 Last updated: 2015-02-26Bibliographically approved

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