Oliver Woitke

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. John A. Tanis

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert E. Shamu

Third Advisor

Dr. Steve M. Ferguson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


A Li vapor oven, to be used as a source of Li target atoms in electron capture and multiple ionization experiments, was designed and installed in the beamline of the Van de Graaff accelerator at Western Michigan University. The oven was tested using two different projectile beams, protons and He+. The test results indicate that Li evaporated from the oven in the form of a cloud rather than as a jet spray. For He+ colliding with Li it was found that the projectile single-electron loss yield is about three orders of magnitude larger than the single-electron capture yield, as expected from the work of other investigators.