Simple and compact nozzle design for laser vaporization sources

M. G. Kokish, M. R. Dietrich, B. C. Odom

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We have developed and implemented a compact transparent nozzle for use in laser vaporization sources. This nozzle eliminates the need for an ablation aperture, allowing for a more intense molecular beam. We use this nozzle to prepare a molecular beam of aluminum monohydride (AlH) suitable for ion trap loading of AlH+ via photoionization in ultra-high vacuum. We demonstrate stable AlH production over hour time scales using a liquid ablation target. The long-term stability, low heat load and fast ion production rate of this source are well-suited to molecular ion experiments employing destructive state readout schemes requiring frequent trap reloading.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number035301
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 8 2016


  • ablation
  • ion trap
  • molecular beam
  • nozzle
  • photoionization
  • vaporization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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