Velocity map imaging with no spherical aberrations

Yehuda Ben-Shabo, Adeliya Kurbanov, Claus Dieter Schröter, Robert Moshammer, Holger Kreckel, Yoni Toker

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Velocity map imaging (VMI) is a powerful technique to deduce the kinetic energy of ions or electrons that are produced from a large volume in space with good resolution. The size of the acceptance volume is determined by the spherical aberrations of the ion optical system. Here we present an analytical derivation for velocity map imaging with no spherical aberrations. We will discuss a particular example for the implementation of the technique that allows using the reaction microscope recently installed in the cryogenic storage ring (CSR) in a VMI mode. SIMION simulations confirm that a beam of electrons produced almost over the entire volume of the source region, with a width of 8 cm, can be focused to a spot of 0.1 mm on the detector. The use of the same formalism for position imaging, as well as in a mixed mode where position imaging is in one axis and velocity map imaging is in a different axis, is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25122-25129
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number37
StatePublished - 27 Sep 2023

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