I am a master student of nuclear physics. Due to some measurements I'd like to make, I have to use Magnesium as a beam target. Searching through the net to see it's properties I found that it can be easily oxidized. In addition I've read that it's highly flammable.
- Use the powder to make highly pressured pellets. I thought of flushing a bottle with Argon or Nitrogen, making the pellet as fast as possible using this procedure(which involves acetone) in the atmosphere and then after the pellet is formed put it in the Argon or Nitrogen bottle.
- Use the ribbon as is. The only problem is that it not wide enough, so I will have to make a spiral of this ribbon around something(I don't yet know what the "something" will be, so any idea is welcome!). The ribbon I have has a width of 3mm but I want a width of 6mm. So I thought of spinning the ribbon around an item, to form a spiral.
The goal is to make the target as safely as possible and avoid Magnesium oxidizing, because I don't want to have Oxygen in my target. So my question has three parts.
- How to safely treat magnesium powder/ribbon so as to avoid any possible accident and preventing it from oxidizing?
- Which of the above would be the most effective way to make the target?
- How to store the target until the experiment will be held?
Note that after the target is made, it will go to an evaporator, in order to evaporate some gold. Any advice, help or direction is more than welcome!