A new ion counting system was devised for time-of-flight mass detection in sputtered neutral mass spectrometry (SNMS), using a pulse laser for postionization. A microchannel plate (MCP) intensifier used as a detector was gated by a retarding grid in front of the MCP for particular masses. High peak-counting ability (exceeding 1010 counts per second) of the system for ionization with a laser pulse (20–30 ns) was maintained for mass-selective detection. The performance of the new counting system at a high count rate was analyzed, and the detection limit and the accuracy were discussed.
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