This was a fascinating project that started with the relatively simple brief of providing an ion beam for a new prototype SIMS instrument. This meant the need for a UHV chamber, XYZ stage, and imaging capabilities in addition to the ion source, which the customer initially planned to do themselves.
However, instead of spending most of their time building up a test bed before they could start, the Rosalind Franklin Institute and the University of Oxford recognised that Ionoptika could supply a complete working test system which would allow them to focus their valuable time and efforts on more important aspects of the project.
The new stigmatic imaging SIMS instrument is now installed at the University of Oxford and will enable rapid molecular mapping of biological tissues at unprecedented speed, as this type of mass spectrometry imaging decouples acquisition time from spatial resolution.
You can read more about this project on the Rosalind Franklin Insitute website.