Mass Spectrometry
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Development of a Vacuum Electrospray Droplet Ion Gun for Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry
Satoshi NinomiyaYuji SakaiLee Chuin ChenKenzo Hiraoka
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2018 Volume 7 Issue 1 Pages A0069

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Atmospheric pressure electrospray had been used in previous studies to generate massive water droplet ion beams, and the beams successfully achieved efficient desorption/ionization of biomolecules, low damage etching of polymers and nonselective etching of metal oxides. However, this droplet ion beam was not practical as a primary ion beam for surface analysis instruments because it required differential pumping and lacked adequate beam current and density. To improve the beam performance, we have proposed to use vacuum electrospray of aqueous solutions as a beam source, and developed a technique for producing a stable electrospray of aqueous solution in vacuum. We also designed a prototype of a vacuum electrospray droplet ion gun, and measured the beam properties. Finally, the applicability of this ion gun in secondary ion mass spectrometry is discussed.

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© 2018 Satoshi Ninomiya, Yuji Sakai, Lee Chuin Chen, and Kenzo Hiraoka. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
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