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During recent measurements of energy spectra of electrons emitted from gases under positive ion bombardment an analyzing and plotting system was developed which has some unique features. Utilizing an electrostatic analyzer, it sweeps over the desired energy range and plots a graph directly in electron volts. With suitable modifications it could also be used for positive ions. Energies from near 0 to about 1000 eV have been plotted but this range could be extended. Usable graphs have been obtained at counting rates as low as 3 counts/sec.
Compensation is provided for fluctuations in the signal due to slow or rapid variations in the beam current. The detection system counts individual particles for greatest sensitivity although the recording apparatus could also be adapted to current measurements.