Design of a prototype thermal ionization cavity source intended for isotope ratio analysis

Abstract : The design of a prototype thermal ionization cavity (TIC) source attached to the mass analyser of a MAT262 thermal ionization mass spectrometer is presented. In addition to a detailed calculation and experimental verification of the ion optics, the new design includes several innovative features that set it apart from previously reported TIC sources. The goal is to employ this new ion source for high-efficiency isotope ratio analysis. For uranium adsorbed to a single resin bead, an overall efficiency gain of about a factor of 10 compared to the same sample type analysed by state-of-the-art conventional thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) on a Triton instrument is reported (ions detected per atom loaded). First attempts at isotope ratio analysis of micrometre sized uranium oxide particles, as is commonly done for nuclear safeguards, seem to confirm the enhancement in overall efficiency and could help with the analysis of the minor uranium isotopes on such samples. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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Colin Maden, Anne Trinquier, Anne-Laure Faure, Amelie Hubert, Fabien Pointurier, et al.. Design of a prototype thermal ionization cavity source intended for isotope ratio analysis. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 2018, 434, pp.70--80. ⟨10.1016/j.ijms.2018.09.006⟩. ⟨hal-02326509⟩

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