The direct determination of the masses of unstable atoms with the chalk river on-line isotope separator Academic Article uri icon


  • A new technique has been developed to measure the spacing of atomic mass doublets of radioactive isotopes directly with an on-line isotope separator. It relies not on ion detection but on observation of the specific radioactive signature of the isotopes under study. Consequently, line shapes and centroids can be determined, free of interference and with great accuracy, even if the corresponding beams strongly overlap or if they are contaminated by unwanted isobars or isomers. In particular, it is of no consequence if one or both members of the doublet are masked by stable background peaks. Doublets are peak matched as in a conventional mass spectrometer. The technique has been evaluated with beams of radioactive nuclides whose masses are known independently. Based on careful calibrations, two new mass values have been obtained: 72Br, 71 936 340 430 u and 63Ga, 62 939 570 150 u. 1989.

published proceedings

  • Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A Accelerators Spectrometers Detectors and Associated Equipment

author list (cited authors)

  • Sharma, K. S., Schmeing, H., Evans, H. C., Hagberg, E., Hardy, J. C., & Koslowsky, V. T.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Sharma, KS||Schmeing, H||Evans, HC||Hagberg, E||Hardy, JC||Koslowsky, VT

publication date

  • February 1989