Proof of principle of a new type of cluster beam source with potential for scale-up

Richard Palmer, Lu Cao, Feng Yin

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Abstract

We introduce a new type of cluster beam source based on the assembly of (metal) clusters within a condensed (rare gas) matrix. The “Matrix Assembly Cluster Source” employs an ion beam to enhance collisions between metal atoms in the matrix and to sputter out clusters to form a beam. We demonstrate the formation and deposition of gold and silver nanoclusters with mean size tunable from a few atoms to a few thousand atoms. The cluster flux is equivalent to a current nanoAmp regime but potentially scalable to milliAmps, which would open up a number of interesting experiments and applications.
Original languageEnglish
Article number046103
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Volume87
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2016

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