Microchannel-Plate Detectors in Atomic Physics Applications

Authored by: Ottmar Jagutzki

Handbook for Highly Charged Ion Spectroscopic Research

Print publication date:  September  2011
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781420079043
eBook ISBN: 9781420079050
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Microchannel plates (MCPs) are the most important detection devices in modern atomic physics. MCPs are especially suited for detecting various atomic particle species (including photons) produced in atomic collisions not only due to their high quantum efficiency (QE) in the relevant energy range, but also because of the high temporal and spatial resolution over a fairly large sensitive surface with high particle throughput. MCPs are ultra-high vacuum compatible and fairly insensitive to external magnetic and electric fields, which makes them easy to use in a typical scattering experiment often involving electrostatic and/or magnetic guiding fields for charged particles [1].

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