Tailoring of keV-ion beams by image charge when transmitting through rhombic and rectangular shaped nanocapillaries
(English)In: Physical Review Letters, ISSN 0031-9007Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
We report on an unexpected effect of tailoring transmission profiles of Ne7+-ions through nanocapillaries of rhombic and rectangular cross sections in mica. We find that capillaries of rhombic cross section produce rectangular shaped ion transmission profiles and, vice versa, capillaries of rectangular geometry give a rhombic beam shape. This shaping effect only occurs for transmitted ions and is absent for the small fraction of neutralized particles. The experimental findings and simulations of the projectile trajectories give clear evidence that the observed effect is due to the image forces experienced by the transmitting ions. This novel beam shaping mechanism suggests application for guiding, focusing, and shaping of ion beams.
Research subject Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-75616OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-75616DiVA: diva2:517449