Dissociative Recombination is a process by which a singly charged molecular ion recombines with an electron, and dissociatives into (some) of its component.
We are interested in cooling process both of internal degrees of freedom, as well as external (kinetic) degrees of freedom.
The Cryogenics Storage Ring (CSR) is a fully electrostatic heavy ion storage ring operating at very low (few Kelvins) temperature. The CSR, located at the Max-Planck Institute for nuclear Physics in Heidelberg is a unique instrument dedicated to the study of cold molecular and cluster ions.
An ion trap usually stores an ensemble of ions as a cloud, using time dependent electromagnetic fields. We have developed a new type of ion trap, which is able to store an ion beam.