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  1. Research article

    The aerosol impact spectrometer: a versatile platform for studying the velocity dependence of nanoparticle-surface impact phenomena

    A new apparatus designed to accelerate/decelerate and study the surface impact phenomena of charged aerosols and nanoparticles over a wide range of mass-to-charge (m/z) ratios and final velocities is described. A...

    Brian D. Adamson, Morgan E. C. Miller and Robert E. Continetti

    EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2017 4:2

    Published on: 11 April 2017

  2. Research article

    Analysis of passive calorimetric probe measurements at high energy influxes

    High energy influxes increase the complexity of passive calorimetric probe measurements because of an increasing temperature of the surrounding materials like the probe holder. This leads to a distinctively di...

    Thorben Kewitz, Maik Fröhlich and Holger Kersten

    EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2017 4:1

    Published on: 19 January 2017

  3. Review

    Sympathetic cooling of molecular ions with ultracold atoms

    Sympathetic cooling of molecular ions with ultracold gases is enabling a new era of research in chemistry and physics. There has been much progress in this new field in the last several years and many unantici...

    Eric R. Hudson

    EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2016 3:8

    Published on: 7 December 2016

  4. Research Article

    Performance of the EUDET-type beam telescopes

    Test beam measurements at the test beam facilities of DESY have been conducted to characterise the performance of the EUDET-type beam telescopes originally developed within the EUDET project. The beam telescop...

    Hendrik Jansen, Simon Spannagel, Jörg Behr, Antonio Bulgheroni, Gilles Claus, Emlyn Corrin, David Cussans, Jan Dreyling-Eschweiler, Doris Eckstein, Thomas Eichhorn, Mathieu Goffe, Ingrid Maria Gregor, Daniel Haas, Carsten Muhl, Hanno Perrey, Richard Peschke…

    EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2016 3:7

    Published on: 4 October 2016

  5. Research Article

    Methods of gas purification and effect on the ion composition in an RF atmospheric pressure plasma jet investigated by mass spectrometry

    The analysis of the ion chemistry of atmospheric pressure plasmas is essential to evaluate ionic reaction pathways during plasma-surface or plasma-analyte interactions. In this contribution, the ion chemistry ...

    Simon Große-Kreul, Simon Hübner, Simon Schneider, Achim von Keudell and Jan Benedikt

    EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2016 3:6

    Published on: 2 September 2016

  6. Research Article

    Design and characterization of a linear quadrupole ion trap for high-resolution Coulomb-crystal time-of-flight mass spectrometry

    We present and discuss in detail the design and characterization of a new linear quadrupole ion trap with additional ion ejection and acceleration electrodes that is coupled to a time-of-flight mass spectromet...

    Daniel Rösch, Hong Gao, Ardita Kilaj and Stefan Willitsch

    EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2016 3:5

    Published on: 16 July 2016

  7. Research Article

    Fabrication of ion-trap electrodes by self-terminated electrochemical etching

    Self-terminated electrochemical etching is applied to fabricate needle electrodes for ion traps. We study the surface morphology of the electrodes with scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy,...

    Zhao Wang, Le Luo, Karthik Thadasina, Kim Qian, Jinming Cui and Yunfeng Huang

    EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2016 3:3

    Published on: 17 March 2016

  8. Review

    Rydberg-Stark deceleration of atoms and molecules

    The large electric dipole moments associated with highly excited Rydberg states of atoms and molecules make gas-phase samples in these states very well suited to deceleration and trapping using inhomogeneous e...

    Stephen D. Hogan

    EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2016 3:2

    Published on: 1 March 2016

  9. Research article

    Design of a Mars atmosphere simulation chamber and testing a Raman Laser Spectrometer (RLS) under conditions pertinent to Mars rover missions

    Raman spectrometry is a powerful technique for the rapid identification of most minerals and organic chemicals without sample preparation. In this context, the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA selected a R...

    K. Motamedi, AP Colin, JH Hooijschuur, O. Postma, R. Lootens, D. Pruijser, R. Stoevelaar, F. Ariese, I B. Hutchinson, R Ingley and GR Davies

    EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2015 2:15

    Published on: 22 September 2015

  10. Review

    Trapping molecules on chips

    In the last years, it was demonstrated that neutral molecules can be loaded on a microchip directly from a supersonic beam. The molecules are confined in microscopic traps that can be moved smoothly over the s...

    Gabriele Santambrogio

    EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2015 2:14

    Published on: 9 September 2015

  11. Research article

    Novel experimental setup for time-of-flight mass spectrometry ion detection in collisions of anionic species with neutral gas-phase molecular targets

    We report a novel experimental setup for studying collision induced products resulting from the interaction of anionic beams with a neutral gas-phase molecular target. The precursor projectile was admitted int...

    J C Oller, L. Ellis-Gibbings, F. Ferreira da Silva, P. Limão-Vieira and G. García

    EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2015 2:13

    Published on: 21 August 2015

  12. Review

    Analysis of velocity-mapped ion images from high-resolution crossed-beam scattering experiments: a tutorial review

    A Stark decelerator produces beams of molecules with high quantum state purity, and small spatial, temporal and velocity spreads. These tamed molecular beams are ideally suited for high-resolution crossed beam...

    Alexander von Zastrow, Jolijn Onvlee, David H. Parker and Sebastiaan Y.T. van de Meerakker

    EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2015 2:11

    Published on: 28 July 2015

    The Erratum to this article has been published in EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2015 2:16

  13. Review

    Merged neutral beams

    A detailed description of a merged beam apparatus for the study of low energy molecular scattering is given. This review is intended to guide any scientist who plans to construct a similar experiment, and to p...

    Andreas Osterwalder

    EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2015 2:10

    Published on: 25 July 2015

  14. Review

    Tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy: principles and applications

    This review provides a detailed overview of the state of the art in tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) and focuses on its applications at the horizon including those in materials science, chemical science ...

    Naresh Kumar, Sandro Mignuzzi, Weitao Su and Debdulal Roy

    EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2015 2:9

    Published on: 1 July 2015

  15. Research article

    An optimized measurement chamber for cantilever array measurements in liquid incorporating an automated sample handling system

    Micro- and nanomechanical analytical devices for diagnostics require small sample volumes, and stable and efficient clamping of the sensors for optimized bioassays. A fully automated device for the readout of ...

    Michael Walther, Paul M Fleming, Francesco Padovani and Martin Hegner

    EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2015 2:7

    Published on: 12 May 2015

  16. Review

    Applications of Raman micro-spectroscopy to stem cell technology: label-free molecular discrimination and monitoring cell differentiation

    Stem cell therapy is widely acknowledged as a key medical technology of the 21st century which may provide treatments for many currently incurable diseases. These cells have an enormous potential for cell repl...

    Adrian Ghita, Flavius C Pascut, Virginie Sottile, Chris Denning and Ioan Notingher

    EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2015 2:6

    Published on: 24 March 2015

  17. Research Article

    Implementation of simultaneous quantitative phase with Raman imaging

    We present a technical overview of a multimodal system combining Raman microspectroscopy and quantitative phase microscopy (QPM), which allows two independent and simultaneous measurements of both the local mo...

    Nicolas Pavillon and Nicholas I Smith

    EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation 2015 2:5

    Published on: 14 March 2015

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