Improvements to detection efficiency and measurement accuracy in Coulomb Explosion Imaging experiments
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An algorithm for extracting event information from a Coulomb Explosion Imaging (CEI) position sensitive detector (PSD) is developed and compared with previously employed schemes. The PSD is calibrated using a newly designed grid overlay and validates the quality of the described algorithm. Precision calculations are performed to determine how best the CEI apparatus at The University of Waterloo can be improved. An algorithm for optimizing coincidence measurements of polyatomic molecules in CEI experiments is developed. Predictions of improved efficiency based on this algorithm are performed and compared with experiments using a triatomic molecule. Analysis of an OCS targeted CEI experiment using highly charged Argon ions to initiate ionization is performed. The resulting measurements are presented using a variety of visualization tools to reveal asynchronous and sequential fragmentation channels of OCS3+.