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A multi-sample changer coupled to an electron cyclotron resonance source for accelerator mass spectrometry experimentsa)

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Vondrasek, R. ; Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, Illinois 60439, USA ; Palchan, T. ; Pardo, R. ; Peters, C.
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A new multi-sample changer has been constructed allowing rapid changes between samples. The sample changer has 20 positions and is capable of moving between samples in 1 min. The sample changer is part of a project using Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) at the Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS) facility to measure neutron capture rates on a wide range of actinides in a reactor environment. This project will require the measurement of a large number of samples previously irradiated in the Advanced Test Reactor at Idaho National Laboratory. The AMS technique at ATLAS is based on production of highly charged positive ions in an electron cyclotron resonance ion source followed by acceleration in the ATLAS linac. The sample material is introduced into the plasma via laser ablation chosen to limit the dependency of material feed rates upon the source material composition as well as minimize cross-talk between samples.

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Review of Scientific Instruments  (Volume:85 ,  Issue: 2 )