The Amsterdam Piezo Valve produces short (<20 microsec) and intense pulsed atomic and molecular beams. It can operate both in continuous and in pulsed mode (DC - 5 kHz). The short pulse duration makes the valve very suited for applications in combination with pulsed lasers. Because of the short pulse duration the Amsterdam Piezo Valve consumes typically a factor of ten less sample relative to a conventional pulsed plunger valve, saving a lot of sample that is otherwise wasted. The low gas load makes the design of the vacuum apparatus much simpler, requiring smaller pumps and saving financial resources. 

The Amsterdam Piezo Valve is made available for academic groups, research facilities and businesses by MassSpecpecD BV, the Netherlands. The typical delivery time is less than 10 weeks after receiving a purchase order.

The innovative Amsterdam Piezo Valve has been purchased by many (> 50) research groups and institutes, amongst them:
  • Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Gesellschaft Berlin, Germany 
  • DESY, CFEL and XFEL, Hamburg, Germany 
  • SwissFEL and the Paul Scherrer Institute, Villingen, Switzerland 
  • Argonne National Laboratories, USA
  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, United Kingdom 
  • Beijing University, China
Latest news (June 2017): introduction of the new EDU5 driver at International Symposium of Molecular Beams, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 25-30 June 2017, see here (pdf link).

News (Oct 2016): publication in Optica (Oct 2016) on High Harmonic Generation employing Amsterdam Piezo Valve by Eikema, Witte et al. can be accessed here (pdf link).
The press release by ARCNL can be viewed here (press release).
  • CNRS Bordeaux, France 
  • Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, USA 
  • University of Tokyo, Japan 
  • East China Normal University, Shanghai, China 
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, USA 
  • ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
List of scientific publications: an up-to-date list of publications referring to the Amsterdam Piezo Valve can be found at this Google Scholar link.

Info flyer material on system: an information flyer can be downloaded here (pdf link).
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