Ion pumps


Ion pumps create high vacuum and ultra-high vacuum (UHV) environments in a variety of applications, ranging from portable mass spectrometers to large scale particle accelerators.

Mechanical Vibration Eliminated

No moving parts

High Radiation Tolerance

Radiation tolerant materials in excess of 108 Gray

High Temperature Tolerance

Up to 250°C and even 450°C

Regular Maintenance Eliminated

Capture pumps required virtually no maintenance

Low Cost

Low initial and operational costs

Ion pumps

Also known as sputter ion pumps or ion getter pumps, are capture pumps that ionize gases using an anode/cathode array. Ions sputter reactive cathode materials, creating a chemical reaction that turns the ionized gases into solid compounds. Those compounds no longer contribute to the pressure of the vacuum system and are permanently captured within the ion pump. Ion pumps can operate from 10-5 to 10-12 mbar and range in size from 0.2 to 1,200 l/s of nitrogen.