Spatial Imaging of Chemical Compounds

Velocity Mapping

Coincidence Imaging

Molecular Motion

Tissue Imaging


Fast Scintillators

Direct Ion Detection
DMF photolysis
A three-dimensional representation of the ion velocity distributions recorded following 193 nm photolysis of DMF. The data consisted of over 4000 experimental cycles, and all fragments were recorded on each laser shot. The m/z ratios for the recorded data is shown to the left of the graph.

Molecular Velocity Mapping Experiments

By studying the velocities of the products of either reactive or non-reactive collisions, or photolysis experiments, features of the underlying processes can be learned. These experiments require that the products of interest are ionised and these ions are then accelerated towards a position sensitive detector. By manipulating the accelerating electric field it is possible to map ions with the same initial velocity to the same point on the detector. Ions of different mass to charge (m/z) ratios will be accelerated to different final velocities and so will hit the detector at different times.

Velocity mapping experiments use spatialy resolvable detectors similar to the ones described here. Again a conventional framing camera would then be used to obtain the image on the scintilating screen corresponding to a given m/z range. This requires the experiment to be repeated for each species of interest. The PImMS sensor allows all the products to be imaged simultaneously reducing the time needed to record the data.

Related Publications

  • Multimass Velocity-Map Imaging with the Pixel Imaging Mass Spectrometry (PImMS) Sensor: An Ultra-Fast Event-Triggered Camera for Particle Imaging.