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Closed-loop recycling of rare liquid samples for gas-phase experiments


Trinter,  Florian
Max-von-Laue-Str. 1, 60438 Frankfurt, Germany;
Molecular Physics, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Fehre, K., Pitzer, M., Trinter, F., Berger, R., Schießer, A., Schmidt-Böcking, H., et al. (2021). Closed-loop recycling of rare liquid samples for gas-phase experiments. Review of Scientific Instruments, 92(2): 023205. doi:10.1063/5.0037836.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-0311-1
Many samples of current interest in molecular physics and physical chemistry exist in the liquid phase and are vaporized for use in gas cells, diffuse gas targets, or molecular gas jets. For some of these techniques, the large sample consumption is a limiting factor. When rare, expensive molecules such as custom-made chiral molecules or species with isotopic labels are used, wasting them in the exhaust line of the pumps is quite an expensive and inefficient approach. Therefore, we developed a closed-loop recycling system for molecules with vapor pressures below atmospheric pressure. Once filled, only a few valves have to be adjusted, and a cold trap must be moved after each phase of recycling. The recycling efficiency per turn exceeds 95%.