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Self-Confining Radioactive-isotope Ion Target

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Source: TH


Context: Researchers in Japan have developed a sophisticated setup to study unstable atomic nuclei, including those that don’t exist naturally, using electron scattering.

  • This method, called SCRIT (Self-Confining Radioactive-isotope Ion Target), allows scientists to trap target ions in three dimensions along an electron beam, improving the chances of successful collisions and reducing the number of required ions.
  • By analyzing electron-ion interactions and interference patterns, physicists can gain insights into the internal structure of atomic nuclei, bridging gaps in our understanding of nuclear physics.
  • This technology, known as a femtoscope, offers a new tool to investigate the structure of atomic nuclei and address unresolved questions in the field.