A nuclear microprobe has been operational at the University of Arizona since early 1994. It utilizes a magnetic quadrupole doublet (model QL-300 from Microscope Associates, Inc.) with an 11 mm diameter aperture and lens lengths of 6 cm each. The magnetic pole tips are electrically insulated to enable electric rotational alignment and beam rastering by application of varying voltages to the pole tips. Ion beams are obtained from a 5.5 MV model CN, High Voltage Engineering Corp. Van de Graaff accelerator with a Penning type ion source. Present mininum beam spot size is about 2 μm obtained with a 4 MeV H+2 beam with a current of about 40 pA. To date, the instrument has been successfully used to map concentrations of Hg, Cr, and As in rabbit renal slices using PIXE.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms|
|State||Published - Jul 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics