Argonne’s Physics Division maintains and develops new instrumentation to enhance the capabilities of its facilities, most notably the Argonne Tandem Linear Accelerator System (ATLAS). Specific capabilities of different instrumentation components operated by the Physics Division are described below.
AGFA is a state-of-the-art gas-filled separator at ATLAS, which will be used for studies of heavy and superheavy nuclei as well as to prepare exotic radioactive beams for mass measurements and laser spectroscopy.
Argonne In-Flight Radioactive Ion Separator (AIRIS), a system of selecting and purifying radioactive ion beams (RIB) created via the in-flight process, consists of a magnetic chicane separator and an RF sweeper.
The Canadian Penning Trap (CPT) is used to conduct precise mass measurements of nuclides available at the ATLAS facility. By measuring the cyclotron frequency of the ions, a precise determination of the mass can be made.