Review of Scientific Instruments
A novel detector is described in which solid nitrogen at 17 K is used as the most significant element. Metastable particles impinge on this element and immediately transfer their internal energy to the solid nitrogen producing photons, via excimer formation or otherwise, whose wavelength depends on the metastable being detected and the energy transfer process. The performance of the instrument for the detection of atomic oxygen and molecular nitrogen metastables is discussed.
Funding Reference Number
Kedzierski, Wladyslaw and Mcconkey, J. W.. (2016). Use of solid N2 surfaces in metastable particle detection. Review of Scientific Instruments, 87 (12), 123110-1-123110-5.