(593d) Microfabricated Ion Trap Array as a Mass Analyzer | AIChE

(593d) Microfabricated Ion Trap Array as a Mass Analyzer


Cruz, D. - Presenter, UCLA, Chemical Engineering Department
Fico, M. - Presenter, Purdue University
Guymon, A. J. - Presenter, Purdue University
Cooks, R. G. - Presenter, Purdue University
Blain, M. - Presenter, Sandia National Lab

In this work we describe the microfabrication and testing of cylindrical ion trap arrays. The ion trap has become an essential tool in several areas of physical science, including mass spectrometry, atomic frequency standards, studies of fundamental quantum dynamics, and quantum information science. Many of these applications benefit from miniaturized ion traps at dimensions several orders of magnitude below the current centimeter and millimeter scale. Our design of the individual trap array element consists of two endcap electrodes, one ring electrode, and a detector/collector plate, fabricated in seven tungsten metal layers by molding tungsten around SiO2 features (0.5 µm minimum dimension) using standard lithography and plasma etching techniques. Each layer of tungsten is then polished back in damascene fashion. The SiO2 is removed using a standard MEMS release processes to realize a free-hung ion trap element. Common anchor points of adjacent elements allow for the entire array of traps to be operated in parallel. Four different sized traps were fabricated with inner radius of 1, 2, 5 and 10 µm and heights ranged from 3-24 µm. We focused our testing on the 5-µm sized ion trap array to trap toluene (C7H8), mass 92 amu. We discerned the electrical characteristics of the packaged ion trap arrays through vector network analyzer measurements. We ejected the ions by turning off the rf and noted a current signal. We were not able to fully determine that our signal was all due to trapped ions. However, we attained favorable trapping conditions such as a significant pseudopotential well and an ionization rate twice the ion loss rate determined by simulation. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.