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El-Mul’s patented OptiMax™ platform utilizes an MCP-scintillator-light sensor chain for high gain ion detection. Implementation of OptiMax with ScintiFast™ further provides very short response times.

The platform decouples the MCP high voltage from the signal output and enables bi-polar operation for the detection of positive and negative ions. An important advantage is its extended life time, achieved by eliminating the second MCP plate from the detection chain.

OptiMax™ principle of operation:

Ions hit a single MCP plate, generating an amplified electron signal. Electrons are accelerated towards the ScintiFast™, where their energy is transformed to photons. Photons are detected by a photon sensor and signal is extracted.