Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. John A. Tanis

Second Advisor

Dr. Emanuel Y. Kamber

Third Advisor

Dr. Stephen M. Ferguson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


An electron spectrometer system, installed on one of the beam lines in the WMU Van de Graaff accelerator laboratory, consists of two 45o parallel-plate electrostatic analyzers, a decelerating grid, and a channeltron. It allows the energy analysis, angular analysis, and the detection of continuum electrons ejected following the bombardment of a target with accelerated ions or electrons. First, the principles of operation of the spectrometer itself are discussed with emphasis on the energy analysis. Next, the electronics and computer interfacing required for control of the spectrometer functions and for acquisition of data are described. Finally, the control and data acquisition program created for complete system operation is described.

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