Transport optics for a space-charge broadening ion beam

Geoffrey P. Malafsky, Nicholas Winograd

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The design and performance of a low-energy ion gun system suitable for surface analysis is described. The ion gun system is capable of delivering up to a 0.72 μA beam of Ar+ ions at a potential of 500 eV into a spot diameter of 1 mm. This performance is accomplished by using ion optics to refocus the space-charge diverging beam along the 44-cm path to the target. The ion optics have been optimized by the use of a new simulation program, chden, which can model a series of lenses and the effects of space-charge forces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1294-1302
Number of pages9
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation


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