The implementation of the Timepix complementary metal oxide semiconductor pixel detector in velocity map slice imaging is presented. This new detector approach eliminates the need for gating the imaging detector. In time-of-flight mode, the detector returns the impact position and the time-of-flight of charged particles with 12.5 ns resolution and a dynamic range of about 100 μs. The implementation of the Timepix detector in combination with a microchannel plate additionally allows for high spatial resolution information via center-of-mass centroiding. Here, the detector was applied to study the photodissociation of NO2 at 452 nm. The energy resolution observed in the experiment was ΔE/E=0.05 and is limited by the experimental setup rather than by the detector assembly. All together, this new compact detector assembly is well-suited for slice imaging and is a promising tool for imaging studies in atomic and molecular physics research.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3489890
Journal Rev. Sci. Instrum.
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Jungmann, J.H, Gijsbertsen, A, Visser, J, Visschers, J, Heeren, R.M.A, & Vrakking, M.J.J. (2010). A new imaging method for understanding chemical dynamics : efficient slice imaging using an in-vacuum detector. Rev. Sci. Instrum., 81(10, Article number: 103112), 1–7. doi:10.1063/1.3489890