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Title: Surface and material analytics based on Dresden-EBIS platform technology

Nowadays widely used mass spectrometry systems utilize energetic ions hitting a sample and sputter material from the surface of a specimen. The generated secondary ions are separated and detected with high mass resolution to determine the target materials constitution. Based on this principle, we present an alternative approach implementing a compact Electron Beam Ion Source (EBIS) in combination with a Liquid Metal Ion Source (LMIS). An LMIS can deliver heavy elements which generate high sputter yields on a target surface. More than 90% of this sputtered material consists of mono- and polyatomic neutrals. These particles are able to penetrate the magnetic field of an EBIS and they will be ionized within the electron beam. A broad spectrum of singly up to highly charged ions can be extracted depending on the operation conditions. Polyatomic ions will decay during the charge-up process. A standard bending magnet or a Wien filter is used to separate the different ion species due to their mass-to-charge ratio. Using different charge states of ions as it is common with EBIS it is also possible to resolve interfering charge-to-mass ratios of only singly charged ions. Different setups for the realization of feeding the electron beam with sputtered atomsmore » of solids will be presented and discussed. As an example the analysis of a copper surface is used to show high-resolution spectra with low background noise. Individual copper isotopes and clusters with different isotope compositions can be resolved at equal atomic numbers. These results are a first step for the development of a new compact low-cost and high-resolution mass spectrometry system. In a more general context, the described technique demonstrates an efficient method for feeding an EBIS with atoms of nearly all solid elements from various solid target materials. The new straightforward design of the presented setup should be of high interest for a broad range of applications in materials research as well as for applications connected to analyzing the biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, cosmosphere and technosphere.« less
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. DREEBIT GmbH, Grossroehrsdorf (Germany)
  2. Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Dresden (Germany)
  3. Dresden University of Technology, Dresden (Germany)
  4. Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Dresden, Germany and Dresden University of Technology, Dresden (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22390857
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1640; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: 12. International Symposium on Electron Beam Ion Sources and Traps, East Lansing, MI (United States), 18-21 May 2014; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; ATOMS; BACKGROUND NOISE; BENDING; CHARGE STATES; COPPER ISOTOPES; ELECTRON BEAM ION SOURCES; ELECTRON BEAMS; ISOTOPE RATIO; LIQUID METALS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MASS RESOLUTION; MASS SPECTROSCOPY; MINUS-PLUS RATIO; SPUTTERING; TAIL IONS; YIELDS