The installation of the new Hyperion II RF Plasma source has started this week. This source will be used to create dense and stable O- or O2- primary ion beam. It replaces the “classical” duoplasmatron source.
The denser primary beam created will allow doing small spot analysis, with similar – even higher – secondary count rates on the selected elements to be analyzed. The largely improved stability and source lifetime are also major benefits for the analytical sessions.
Installation, made by CAMECA, is scheduled to be done by April 19th, followed by several weeks of development and tests.