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Giacoppo, F.; Blaum, K.; Block, M.; Chhetri, P.; Düllmann, Ch. E.; Dröse, C.; Eliseev, S.; Filianin, P.; Götz, S.; Gusev, Y.; Herfurth, F.; Hessberger, F. P.; Kaleja, O.; Khuyagbaatar, J.; Laatiaoui, M.; Lautenschläger, F.; Lorenz, C.; Marx, G.; Ramirez, E. Minaya; Mistry, A.; Novikov, Yu. N.; Plass, W. R.; Räder, S.; Rodriguez, D.; Rudolph, D.; Sarmiento, L. G.; Scheidenberger, C.; Schweikhard, L.; Thirolf, P.; Yakushev, A. (2017): Recent upgrades of the shiptrap setup: on the finish line towards direct mass spectroscopy of superheavy elements. In: Acta Physica Polonica B, Vol. 48, No. 3: pp. 423-429
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With the Penning-trap mass spectrometer SHIPTRAP at GSI, Darm-stadt, it is possible to investigate exotic nuclei in the region of the heaviest elements. Few years ago, challenging experiments led to the direct measurements of the masses of neutron-deficient isotopes with Z = 102;103 around N = 152. Thanks to recent advances in cooling and ion-manipulation techniques, a major technical upgrade of the setup has been recently accomplished to boost its efficiency. At present, the gap to reach more rare and shorter-lived species at the limits of the nuclear landscape has been narrowed.