A cooler-buncher for the N=126 factory at Argonne National Laboratory

A. A. Valverde*, M. Brodeur, J. A. Clark, D. Lascar, G. Savard

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The N=126 factory currently under construction at Argonne National Laboratory's ATLAS facility will make use of multi-nucleon transfer reactions to produce nuclei around the N=126 shell closure that are of interest for the study of the rapid neutron capture process and are not available in sufficient quantities using common particle-fragmentation, target-fragmentation, or fission production techniques. As part of this facility, a radio frequency quadrupole (RFQ) buncher will cool and accumulate the beam, converting a high-emittance, continuous beam into a low-emittance bunched beam suitable for trapping. Here, the construction of the RFQ cooler-buncher, based on the design used at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory's BECOLA and EBIT cooler-bunchers, will be discussed. This design features injection optics optimized to maximize acceptance, separated cooling and bunching regions, and a simplified RFQ electrode construction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)330-333
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
StatePublished - Jan 15 2020


  • Beam cooling
  • Beam transport
  • Radioactive ion beams
  • Radiofrequency quadrupole

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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