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Development of an Inert Gas Condensation Based Ion Source for the Generation of Strong Beams of Large Cluster Ions

  • H. W. Sarkas (a1), L. H. Kidder (a1), J. G. Eaton (a1), K. M. McHugh (a1) and K. H. Bowen (a1)...


We report on the further development of an ion source for producing intense, continuous beams of large positive and negative cluster ions comprised of high temperature materials. This device, the Smoke-Ion Source, is the result of combining inert gas condensation methods with techniques for injecting electrons directly into expanding jets. We demonstrate the capability of this ion source to generate strong beams of cluster ions comprised of materials including metals, semiconductors, and metal oxide ceramics.



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