Compact time‐of‐flight mass spectrometer using particle‐induced desorption Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper describes the design and operation of a time-of-flight mass spectrometer that uses fast, heavy ions from the spontaneous fission of Cf-252 to desorb species from the surfaces of solids. The technique provides for a simultaneous, multimass, isotope specific, elemental, and molecular surface characterization without complications due to surface charging.

author list (cited authors)

  • Summers, W. R., & Schweikert, E. A.

citation count

  • 21

publication date

  • April 1986