The search for neutrinoless double beta decay requires increasingly advanced methods of background reduction. A bold approach to solving this problem, in experiments using 136Xe, is to extract and identify the daughter 136Ba ion produced by double beta decay. Tagging events in this manner allows for a virtually background-free verification of double beta decay signals. Various approaches are being pursued by the nEXO collaboration to achieve Ba-tagging. A Multi-Reflection Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer (MR TOF) has been designed and optimized as one of the ion-identification methods, where it will investigate the ion-extraction efficiency, as well as provide further identification of the Ba isotope. The envisioned mode of operation allows the MR TOF to achieve a quickly adjustable mass-range and resolution, with simulations suggesting that a mass-resolving power of 140,000 is within reach. This work will discuss the MR TOF design and the methods employed to simulate and optimize it.

Barium-tagging, Broadband mass measurement, Mass Spectrometry, MR TOF
Hyperfine Interactions
Department of Physics

Murray, K. (K.), Dilling, J. (J.), Gornea, R.S, Ito, Y. (Y.), Koffas, T, Kwiatkowski, A.A. (A. A.), … Brunner, T. (T.). (2019). Design of a multiple-reflection time-of-flight mass spectrometer for barium-tagging. Hyperfine Interactions, 240(1). doi:10.1007/s10751-019-1632-5