Low-energy spin-polarized radioactive beams as a nano-scale probe of matter

R. F. Kiefl, W. A. MacFarlane, G. D. Morris, P. Amaudruz, D. Arseneau, H. Azumi, R. Baartman, T. R. Beals, J. Behr, C. Bommas, J. H. Brewer, K. H. Chow, E. Dumont, S. R. Dunsiger, S. Daviel, L. Greene, A. Hatakeyama, R. H. Heffner, Y. Hirayama, B. HittiS. R. Kreitzman, C. D.P. Levy, R. I. Miller, M. Olivo, R. Poutissou

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


We have commissioned a polarized low-energy 8Li ion beam line, which together with a high-field β-NMR spectrometer, can act as sensitive new probe of thin films and interfaces. The implantation energy can be continuously adjusted from 1 to 90 keV and the maximum polarization achieved thus far is 80%. This instrument opens up new applications for β-NMR which parallel and complement efforts with low-energy muons. For example, it is possible to probe the magnetic field distribution near the surface of a material by stopping a polarized 8Li beam in a thin overlayer of Ag. Since the 8Li adopts a site with cubic symmetry in Ag there is no quadrupolar splitting of the resonance, and the 8Li acts as a purely magnetic sensor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-195
Number of pages7
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Feb 2003


  • β-NMR
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance
  • Nuclear probes
  • Radioactive ion beams

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


Dive into the research topics of 'Low-energy spin-polarized radioactive beams as a nano-scale probe of matter'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this