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Polarization measurement of dielectronic recombination transitions in highly charged krypton ions

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Bernitt,  Sven
Division Prof. Dr. Thomas Pfeifer, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Dobrodey,  Stepan
Division Prof. Dr. Thomas Pfeifer, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Steinbrügge,  René Friedrich
Division Prof. Dr. Thomas Pfeifer, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Beilmann,  Christian
Division Prof. Dr. Thomas Pfeifer, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Crespo López-Urrutia,  José R.
Division Prof. Dr. Thomas Pfeifer, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Shah, C., Jörg, H., Bernitt, S., Dobrodey, S., Steinbrügge, R. F., Beilmann, C., et al. (2015). Polarization measurement of dielectronic recombination transitions in highly charged krypton ions. Physical Review A, 92(4): 042702. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.92.042702.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0029-0A30-3
Abstract
We report linear polarization measurements of x rays emitted due to dielectronic recombination into highly charged krypton ions. The ions in the He-like through O-like charge states were populated in an electron-beam ion trap with the electron-beam energy adjusted to recombination resonances in order to produce K α xrays. The x rays were detected with a newly developed Compton polarimeter using a beryllium scattering target and 12 silicon x-ray detector diodes sampling the azimuthal distribution of the scattered x rays. The extracted degrees of linear polarization of several dielectronic recombination transitions agree with results of relativistic distorted-wave calculations. We also demonstrate a high sensitivity of the polarization to the Breit interaction, which is remarkable for a medium- Z element like krypton. The experimental results can be used for polarization diagnostics of hot astrophysical and laboratory fusion plasmas.