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J Am Soc Mass Spectrom. 2007 Nov;18(11):1901-8. Epub 2007 Aug 3.

Simple template-based method to produce Bradbury-Nielsen gates.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305-5080, USA.

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  • J Am Soc Mass Spectrom. 2008 Dec;19(12):1948.


A Bradbury-Nielsen gate (BNG) consists of two interleaved and electrically isolated sets of wires and can transmit or deflect charged particles by applying a varying voltage difference across the two wire sets. We present a simple template-based method to fabricate BNGs with wire spacings as small as 50 microm with minimal use of a microscope. The small wire spacing allows modulation rates at tens of megahertz. Using this method, we have fabricated four BNGs with wire spacings of 500, 200, 100, and 50 microm using 10 microm gold-coated tungsten wires. The performance of the four BNGs is characterized using an imaging detector and compared with theoretical predictions.

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