Zero-degree Auger Projectile Electron Spectroscopy of Li-like Ions obtained in Collisions of 1s2s 3S He-like Ions with Gaseous Targets
Benis, E. P.
Zouros, T. J. M.
An experimental station has recently been completed with a beam line dedicated to atomic collision physics at the 5.5 MV TANDEM accelerator laboratory of the Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (INPP) at the National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) “Demokritos” in Athens. A Zero-degree Auger Projectile Spectroscopy (ZAPS) apparatus composed of a single-stage Hemispherical Deflector Analyser (HDA) and a 2-dimensional Position Sensitive Detector (PSD), combined with a doubly differentially pumped gas target has been set up for high resolution studies of electrons emitted from projectile ions at θ = 0◦ with respect to the beam direction in collisions with dilute gas targets. A terminal gas stripper, as well as both a foil and a gas post-stripper, have also been newly installed, enhancing the capabilities of the TANDEM by allowing for the production of more intense, highly charged ion beams, thus complementing and expanding the range of the available energies and charge states of the TANDEM. Using this setup, a systematic isoelectronic investigation of high resolution K-Auger electron spectra emitted from pre-excited ions in collisions with gas targets has been commenced within the APAPES initiative. Here, we present some highlights of this program together with recent results. This investigation is expected to lead to a better understanding of electron capture to excited states of the ion beam and in particular the overlooked role of cascade feeding of metastable states contributing to the capture cross sections, recently a field of contested interpretations awaiting further resolution.