Synchrotron radiation photoionization mass spectrometry of laser ablated species

J. Alvarez Ruiz*, A. Casu, M. Coreno, M. de Simone, L. M. Hoyos Campo, A. M. Juarez-Reyes, A. Kivimäki, S. Orlando, M. Sanz, C. Spezzani, M. Stankiewicz, D. M. Trucchi

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The present paper describes an experimental apparatus suitable to create and study free clusters by combining laser ablation and synchrotron radiation. First tests on sulfur samples, S, showed the production, through laser ablation, of neutral Sn clusters (n = 1-8). These clusters were ionized using synchrotron radiation at photon energies from 160 eV to 175 eV, across the S 2p core edge. The feasibility of such combined ablation-synchrotron radiation experiments is demonstrated, opening new possibilities on the investigation of free clusters and radicals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-429
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
J. Alvarez thanks CNR and the Short-Term-Mobility Program for travel and accommodation expenses. J. Alvarez and M. Sanz want also to thank CSIC-CAM support under the Project CCG07-CSIC/ESP-2213 for travel and equipment. A.Casu acknowledges “Sardegna Ricerche” for funding his visit at INFM-TASC. A.M. Juarez-Reyes and L.M. Hoyos kindly acknowledge the support of ICTP. J. Alvarez and M. Stankiewicz thank EU support from VII Framework Program Transnational Access during the experiments at the Elettra Synchrotron Facility.


  • Ablation
  • Clusters
  • Laser
  • Sulfur
  • Synchrotron
  • TOF-MS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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