Status of the TAMUTRAP facility and initial characterization of the RFQ cooler/buncher Academic Article uri icon


  • 2015, Springer International Publishing Switzerland. The Texas A&M University Penning Trap experiment (TAMUTRAP) is an upcoming ion trap facility that will be used to search for possible scalar currents in T = 2 superallowed pure Fermi decays (utilizing -delayed proton emitters), which, if found, would be an indication of physics beyond the standard model. In addition, TAMUTRAP will provide a low-energy, point-like source of ions for various other applications at the Cyclotron Institute at Texas A&M University. The experiment is centered around a unique, compensated cylindrical Penning trap that employs a specially optimized length/radius ratio in the electrode structure that is not used by any other facility. The radioactive beam, provided by the Texas A&M University Re-accelerated Exotics (T-REX) program at the Cyclotron Institute, will be prepared for loading in the measurement trap via a specially designed Radio Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) cooler/buncher. These proceedings will describe the current status of the TAMUTRAP facility, paying particular attention to the design and initial characterization of the RFQ cooler/buncher. Future plans will also be discussed.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Mehlman, M., Shidling, P. D., Burch, R., Bennett, E., Fenker, B., & Melconian, D.

citation count

  • 9

publication date

  • November 2015