Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 322, Issue 3, pp 1697–1701 | Cite as

240Pu target preparation on thin backing foils for GRETINA experiments using ATLAS

  • John Greene
  • Matthew GottEmail author
  • Shaofei Zhu


Recent measurements of the octupole strength to the highest spin states in 240Pu were performed using sub-barrier Coulomb excitation in order to unambiguously and convincingly demonstrate the existence of the rotational-aligned phonon condensation in this nucleus. The 240Pu targets were prepared at the Center for Accelerator Target Science by molecular plating onto thin backing foils of C and Al. The required plutonium oxide dissolution, molecular plating methodology, plating results, and in-beam target performance will be discussed.


Targetry Molecular plating Actinides Spectroscopy 



This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Nuclear Physics, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357. This research used resources of ANL’s ATLAS facility, which is a DOE Office of Science User Facility.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physics DivisionArgonne National LaboratoryLemontUSA
  2. 2.National Nuclear Data Center, Brookhaven National LaboratoryUptonUSA

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