An introduction to
Ion Beam Microprobes
- The Microprobe
focuses a beam of ions from an accelerator onto a sample, and scans them
over the sample.
and nuclear reactions occur between the beam particles and the sample particles
results in phenomena that can be detected.
- The specific
features of the detected phenomena "fingerprint" a characteristic of the
- In this
way, a sample can be analysed for different elements
limits can be in the range of a part per miillion.
- Ths computer
can reconstruct quantitative images from this process.
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