Electron Spectrometer Commissioned

The electron spectrometer project was successfully commissioned in October, a little later than expected than July when the device faced several severe problems in its first tests. The hard work of the “One iThemba” team from Subatomic physics, Instrumentation and IT, and Accelerator departments, all rallied around to fix the device allowing it to take first beam at iThemba LABS. The commissioning aims to study electric monopole (E0) transitions in 70Ge, and is the subject of PhD candidate Mr Abraham Avaa of Wits / iThemba LABS.

Photo: From top left clockwise: Mr M Chisapi setting the spectrometer, first in-beam plot of electron energy versus magnetic field, Mr Avaa and Msebi loading targets, Mr Avaa only weeks away from beam time with the open spectrometer, the “One iThemba” team coming together after a successful commissioning.