Dynamics of ion guiding through nanocapillaries in insulating polymers

N. Stolterfoht, Erwin Bodewits, Rolf Hellhammer, Zoltan Juhász, Béla Sulik, Veronika Bayer, Christine Trautmann, Ronnie Hoekstra

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We review recent studies of dynamic properties concerning the ion guiding through nanocapillaries etched in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polycarbonate (PC). Typical lengths of the capillaries were 10 μm with diameters ranging from ∼100 - 400 nm. The temporal evolution of the intensity and the angular distribution of the transmitted ions were studied by measuring transmission profiles as a function of the charge inserted into the capillaries. Tilt angles of the capillaries axis with respect to the incident beam direction were 3° and 5°. The mean emission angle of the transmission profiles exhibit pronounced oscillatory structures both for PET and PC. However, for PC nearly an order of magnitude more charge is required to induce the oscillations. In contrast to PET, with capillaries in PC we observed a strong decrease of the profile intensities with irradiation time. This observation provides evidence for blocking effects on the ion transmission. The experimental results are interpreted by simulations of the ion trajectories guided in 3 dimensions by the electrostatic field within the capillaries. This field was determined from the charge deposited at the walls of the capillaries taking into account the removal of the charges by means of a non-linear conductivity law.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012049
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue numberPART 1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012
Event27th International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions, ICPEAC 2011 - Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: Jul 27 2011Aug 2 2011

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    Stolterfoht, N., Bodewits, E., Hellhammer, R., Juhász, Z., Sulik, B., Bayer, V., Trautmann, C., & Hoekstra, R. (2012). Dynamics of ion guiding through nanocapillaries in insulating polymers. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 388(PART 1), [012049]. https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/388/1/012049