Article Title

Test of a continuously polarized He-3 neutron spin filter with NMR-based polarization inversion on a single-crystal diffractometer

Type of Work

Article

Date

11-15-2006

Journal Title

Physica B: Condensed Matter

Journal ISSN

0921-4526

Journal Volume

385-86

First Page

1131

Last Page

1133

DOI

10.1016/j.physb.2006.05.390

Abstract

Spin filters based on the large spin dependence of the neutron absorption cross-section by 3 He are currently being applied in neutron scattering. We report here the construction and test of a He-3 neutron spin filter that incorporates (1) in situ continuous optical pumping to maximize the time-averaged polarization and maintain a stable He-3 polarization during experiments, and (2) low-loss adiabatic-fast-passage inversion of the He-3 polarization to eliminate the need for a neutron spin flipper. The device was successfully tested at the single-crystal diffractometer at the Intense-Pulsed Neutron Source, Argonne National Laboratory. This device can be used in measurements of static magnetic-materials as well as magnetic-relaxation phenomena with long relaxation times. Published by Elsevier B.V.

Hamilton Areas of Study

Physics