A new laser ablation ion source is under development at the Institute for Nuclear Physics, TU Darmstadt for high-precision collinear laser spectroscopy. The design will combine the versatility of laser ablation ion production and the non-conservative cooling in Helium buffer gas, to produce a low emittance ion beam of a wide range of elements. It is based on the original idea of an RF-only ion funnel  using only the gas jet to transport the ablated ions, which are radially confined by RF electrodes. Additionally, this design will contain a new feature that will allow to further cool and bunch the ion beam. For this purpose, an additional RF electrode stack is placed in the next pumping stage superimposed by a DC gradient towards the exit . The last electrode can be connected to a positive voltage to create a potential barrier and stop the ions to produce a narrow ion bunch. Detailed computer simulations have shown that this ion source  will allow us to produce various high-quality continuous and pulsed ion beams, with low transverse and longitudinal emittance. We will present the current status and first results of this project development.
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