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The NIST EBIT; A Progress Report



John D. Gillaspy, J R. Roberts, Craig M. Brown, Uri Feldman


(1993 publication) The invention of the Electron Beam Ion Trap (EBIT) at Livermore has marked the emergence of a versatile new source for the spectroscopic study of highly charged ions. An EBIT can produce virtually any highly charged state of any atom on the periodic table, trap the ions in a controlled environment virtually free from inherent sources of systematic error, and selectively excite transitions with a well-defined monochromatic electron beam. During the past five years, the Livermore research program has successfully demonstrated many of the capabilities of the Ebit. NIST and NRL are now in the process of constructing an EBIT facility of the east cost, at the NIST Gaithersburg site. In addition to benefitting our own research, the facility will also expand the availability of EBIT-based experiments for the scientific community in general.
Aip Conference Proceedings


atoms, EBIT, electron beam ion trap, highly charged atoms


Gillaspy, J. , Roberts, J. , Brown, C. and Feldman, U. (1993), The NIST EBIT; A Progress Report, Aip Conference Proceedings (Accessed May 20, 2024)


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Created January 1, 1993, Updated February 17, 2017