Cara Jost is a Ph.D. student in chemistry from the University of Mainz in Germany, and is involved with ion source development at the University Radioactive Ion Beam (UNIRIB) consortium as a research scholar. Jost and UNIRIB team members are researching new ways to develop radioactive ion beams for the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility (HRIBF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Below is a question and answer dialog about Jost’s experience in Oak Ridge. The video featured on the right side of this page also spotlights Jost’s experience with UNIRIB.
What is your research focus at UNIRIB?
My focus is on chemical reactions in the transfer line of the target-ion source, which can be used to improve the purity of radioactive beams.
What are your favorite aspects of the research?
I like that there are so many different areas of expertise involved in our work. A target-ion source is very complex and requires knowledge of materials science and electronics as well as chemistry and nuclear science. So we necessarily have people from very diverse fields working together, which is always interesting.
How is being a research scholar at UNIRIB helping you?
Being a research scholar with UNIRIB allows me to run experiments for my Ph.D. thesis that can only be done in very few facilities across the world. I am very glad that I got the opportunity to work here.
Sidebar: WATCH: Cara Jost interview (00:00)