Electron scattering from 208Pb and 132Xe ions at the SCRIT facility

Kyo Tsukada, Kousuke Adachi, Akitomo Enokizono, Takahiro Fujita, Masahiro Hara, Toshitada Hori, Mitsuki Hori, Shin ichi Ichikawa, Keita Kasama, Kazuyoshi Kurita, Kazuki Namba, Tetsuya Ohnishi, Toshimi Suda, Tadaaki Tamae, Mamoru Togasaki, Masanori Wakasugi, Masamitsu Watanabe, Kouhei Yamada

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We constructed the SCRIT (Self-Confining Radioactive Ion Target) electron scattering facility to realize electron scattering off short-lived unstable nuclei at RIKEN in Japan. Electron scattering is one of the most powerful and reliable tools to study structures of atomic nuclei. However, it has been extremely difficult to apply electron scattering to unstable nuclei because of target preparation problems. SCRIT is a novel ion-trapping technique that achieves high luminosity of more than 1027 cm-?2s-?1 with a small amount of target ions. Following completion of the facility, a series of commissioning experiments of the entire facility with several stable nuclear targets, including 208Pb and 132Xe, were performed. Momentum transfer distributions of elastic scattering from those targets were successfully measured at several electron beam energies, and the charge density distribution of the 132Xe nucleus was extracted for the first time.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102
JournalHyperfine Interactions
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 1


  • Electron scattering
  • Nuclear structure
  • Unstable nucleus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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