October 2012.

Fasmatech successfully installed a custom atmospheric pressure-vacuum interface in the laboratory of Prof. Tina Kasper at the Engineering department of the University of Duisburg-Essen.

The interface is designed to collect ions from a combustion region, it is therefore designed with multiple cooling stages, special skimmer materials and ceramic shields. Ions in the first vacuum region are collected by an ion funnel. The second vacuum region houses a Fasmatech segmented hybrid multipole which accepts ions in an octapolar field and transfers them seamlessly in a quadrupole field for efficient ejection to the next vacuum region. The third vacuum stage features a transmission quadrupole. The interface was designed to link to an existing orthogonal extraction time-of-flight analyzer.

The device and its control electronics were successfully installed and coupled to the TOF by the Fasmatech team.