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At the new Munich high flux reactor FRM-II, the Munich Accelerator for Fission Fragments (MAFF) is under development. The main objective will be the production and study of new very heavy elements (Z〉100). To obtain this goal, intense beams of neutron rich isotopes (70〈A〈160) are required. Thermal neutron induced fission is considered the most suitable method to produce these isotopes due to the large fission cross section and high thermal neutron flux (〉1014 n/s*cm2) available at the new reactor. The target ion source design is based on the ANUBIS source at OSIRIS in Studvik, optimized for very high neutron fluxes. Using 1 g of 235U diluted in a graphite target, intensities of several 1011 ions/s for 91Kr, 132Sn, or 144Cs, e.g., are expected after mass separation. These singly charged ions will be charge bred in an electron cyclotron resonance ion source and then injected into the MAFF-LINAC to reach the energies at the Coulomb barrier. The production of intense ion beams of neutron rich isotopes by thermal neutron induced fission, the development of the target ion source, and the development of the fission target will be presented. © 2002 American Institute of Physics.
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