Microshutters for space physics time of flight applications
Paper in proceedings, 2010

In present time-of-flight (TOF) mass and energy spectrometers in experimental space plasma physics applications, the resolution is limited by the fact that the particle to be measured loses part of its energy in the generation of the start pulse. To improve the resolution, a fast micromechanical shutter system to generate the start signal has been developed. The microshutter is included in the PRIMA (PRIsma Mass Analyzer) ion detector on-board the Swedish PRISMA mission, which will be launched into low Earth orbit on June 15, 2010.

Shutter

time-of-flight

MEMS

Author

Klas Brinkfelt

Peter Enoksson

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Electronics Material and Systems Laboratory

B Front

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2)

Martin Wieser

M Emanuelsson

Stas Barabash

21st Micromechanics and Micro systems Europe workshop, 26-29 September 2010, Enschede, The Netherlands

140-143

Areas of Advance

Transport

Production

Subject Categories

Other Engineering and Technologies

Physical Sciences

Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology

Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering

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10/7/2017