Analysis of Clusters, Nanoscale Particles
In the vacuum science context, the term clusters denotes small, multi-atom particles. Typically a Cluster is defined as having greater than 3 atoms combined and perhaps up to a million or more atoms in a very large Cluster.
High mass range quadrupole mass spectrometers with mass range to 5000 amu.
Cluster science has led to the discovery of fullerenes and carbon nanotubes in the 1980’s.
If new materials are to be made out of nanoscale particles, such as nanocatalysts and quantum computers, the properties of the nanoscale particles (the clusters) must first be understood.
Hiden mass spectrometers analyse Clusters in the gas phase, systems are available with mass range options of up to 5000 amu
Hiden Analytical’s EPIC 1000 series quadrupole mass spectrometers are available with mass range options up to 5000 amu for the analysis of clusters, nanoscale particles.
A range of cluster nanoscale particle analysis applications are addressed using Hiden’s extensive range of sampling inlets including:
- atmospheric molecular beam sampling
- molecular beam sampling in vacuum with cross beam ioniser technology
- Secondary ion analysis – SIMS