In instruments for low energetic neutral atom imaging of space plasmas, a charge state conversion surface (CS) is used to convert neutral atoms into ions for detection. We investigated a cadmium telluride (CdTe) coated sample as a novel material candidate regarding its suit- ability to be used as a CS. We measured the efficiency of converting H and O atoms into negative ions by surface scattering, as well as their angular scattering distribution, for energies from 195 eV to 1 keV at 8 incidence angle. Also, the energy distribution of scattered particles was recorded for incident Oþ2 ions, which confirms that molecules are mainly scattered as single atoms. The mean energy loss per atom was about 45%. The negative ion yield from scattering off CdTe was up to 13% for O and about 2% for H, which is comparable to other CS coat- ings in use. CdTe shows a nearly circular angular scattering cone of width comparable to established CS materials. We conclude that CdTe is a viable CS coating material for ENA instruments in space applications.
|Titolo:||Cadmium telluride as a potential conversion surface|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2021|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 Articolo in Rivista|