xmpl3d44, 8-fold deflector, split-disc edgeways plates
Alternatives to the description 'edgeways plates' could be 'transverse flat plates' or 'edge-on plates'.
This is one of a set of 12 data files on electrostatic deflectors, listed in the comparison of deflectors.
Edgeways electrostatic deflectors with reduced aberrations, by F H Read, Nucl. Instr. Meth. A427, 177-181 (1999).
The (unexpected) conclusion was that the 4-fold 'edgeways' deflector is much better than the conventional deflectors in current use (in 1999).
The present data file is based on xmpl3d41, but now the disc is split into 8 parts, each subtending 36 degrees at the axis.
The rays start from a circle of radius 1 at z = -8 and converge to an axial point at z = 8.
The beam is deflected in the x direction. The deflection voltage is such that the principal ray has x = 0.5 at z = 8. Please refer to the data file itself for further information.
The program used to analyze the output data to deduce the aberration coefficients is called xmpl3d33_output in the programs list.
The results are summarised in the comparison of deflectors.