Spontaneous and photo-induced decay processes of WF5- and HfF5- molecular anions in a cryogenic storage ring

Hubert Gnaser (Korresp. Autor*in), Martin Martschini, David Leimbach, Julia Karls, Dag Hanstorp, Suvasthika Indrajith, Mingchao Ji, Paul Martini, Ansgar Simonsson, Henning Zettergren, Henning T. Schmidt, Robin Golser

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Spontaneous and photo-induced decay processes of HfF5- and WF5- molecular anions were investigated in the Double ElectroStatic Ion Ring ExpEriment (DESIREE). The observation of these reactions over long time scales (several tens of ms) was possible due to the cryogenic temperatures (13 K) and the extremely low residual gas pressure (∼10-14 mbar) of DESIREE. For photo-induced reactions, laser wavelengths in the range 240 to 450 nm were employed. Both anion species were found to undergo spontaneous decay via electron detachment or fragmentation. After some ms, radiative cooling processes were observed to lower the probability for further decay through these processes. Photo-induced reactions indicate the existence of an energy threshold for WF5- anions at about 3.5 eV, above which the neutralization yield increases strongly. By contrast, HfF5- ions exhibit essentially no enhanced production of neutrals upon photon interaction, even for the highest photon energy used in this experiment (∼5.2 eV). This suppression will be highly beneficial for the efficient detection, in accelerator mass spectrometry, of the extremely rare isotope 182Hf using the 182HfF5- anion while effectively reducing the interfering stable isobar 182W in the analyte ion 182WF5-. The radionuclide 182Hf is of great relevance in astrophysical environments as it constitutes a potential candidate to study the events of nucleosynthesis that may have taken place in the vicinity of the solar system several million years ago.

FachzeitschriftJournal of Chemical Physics
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 28 Juli 2022

ÖFOS 2012

  • 103014 Kernphysik
  • 103006 Chemische Physik