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Micro Ion Traps

Sandia has designed and built an ion trap mass analyzer consisting of 1 x 10 6 micron-sized cylindrical ion traps. Sandia has microfabricated massive parallel ion trap arrays consisting of traps with r 0 = 1, 2, 5 and 10 µm. The instrument is the result of a conceptually radical change in the scaling of both size and number of ion traps and in the fabrication approach compared to previous embodiments.

Microfabricated Ion Traps & Mass Analysis

Breakthrough improvements in simplicity and reductions in the size of mass spectrometers are needed for high-consequence fieldable applications, including error-free detection of chemical/biological warfare agents, medical diagnoses, and explosives/contraband discovery. These improvements are most likely to be realized with the reconceptualization of the mass spectrometer, rather than by incremental steps towards miniaturization.

Microfabricated arrays of mass analyzers represent such a conceptual advance. A massively parallel array of micrometer-scaled mass analyzers on a chip has the potential to set the performance standard for hand-held sensors due to the inherit selectivity, sensitivity, and universal applicability of mass spectrometry as an analytical method.

Sandia has designed and built an ion trap mass analyzer consisting of 1 x 10 6 micron-sized cylindrical ion traps. We have microfabricated massive parallel ion trap arrays consisting of traps with r 0 = 1, 2, 5 and 10 µm. The instrument is the result of a conceptually radical change in the scaling of both size and number of ion traps and in the fabrication approach compared to previous embodiments. The array of micro-ion traps is a freely suspended air gap structure fabricated in tungsten using silicon-based semiconductor and MEMS microfabrication methods. Both ITSIM and SIMION simulations of an r 0 = 1 µm CIT indicate useful trapping efficiencies at low rf voltages (from a few volts to a few 10's of volts), however the influence of initial ion temperatures and rf heating due to nonlinear fields was found to be of added (and potentially useful) importance on this size scale.

Duroid Board
Cylindrical Ion Trap
Cross Section of Cylindrical Ion Trap
Cross Section of Cylindrical Ion Trap
Duroid Board
Cylindrical Ion Trap
Cross Section of Cylindrical Ion Trap
Cross Section of Cylindrical Ion Trap
Micro Ion Traps

SEM Micrograph of Ion Trap Array
Solid Works 3D Representation
Solid Works 3D Representation
Micro Ion Traps
SEM Micrograph of Ion Trap Array
SolidWorks 3D Representation
SolidWorks 3D Representation

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