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1. (WO2018102143) TWO-AXIS VARIABLE WIDTH MASS RESOLVING APERTURE WITH FAST ACTING SHUTTER MOTION
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. An ion implantation system comprising:

an ion source that generates an ion beam having a selected species; a mass analyzer positioned downstream of the ion source that generates a magnetic fjeld according to a selected charge-to-mass ratio and an angle adjustment;

a resolving aperture assembly positioned downstream of the mass analyzer, the resolving aperture assembly comprising;

a first plate and a second plate, wherein the first plate and second plate generally define a resolving aperture therebetween, wherein a position of the first plate with respect to the second plate generally defines a width of the resolving aperture; and

one or more actuators operably coupled to one or more of the first plate and second plate, wherein the one or more actuators are configured to selectively vary the position the respective one or more of the first plate and second plate with respect to one another, therein selectively varying the width of the resolving aperture; and

a con&oller configured to control the width of the resolving aperture via a control of the one or more actuators, wherein the control of the width of the resolving aperture is based, at least in part, on one or more desired properties of the ion beam.

2. the ion implantation system of claim 1 , wherein the one or more desired properties of the ion beam comprise a selected ion beam envelope and a selected mass resolution of the ion beam,

3. The ion implantation system of claim 2, wherein the one or more actuators are further configured to selectively position the first plate and second plate to selectively position the resolving aperture in an exit beam path of the mass analyzer based on one or more of the selected beam envelope and selected mass resolution.

4. The con rmpfartfation system of claim 3, wherein the one or more actuators comprise one or more linear actuators;

5. The ion implantation system of claim 1, wherein the one or more actuators ate further configured to position the first plate with respect to the second plate to selectively close the resolving aperture, therein selectively preventing the ion beam from traveling downstream of the resolving aperture assembly,

6, The Ion implantation system of claim 5, wherein the one or more actuators comprise a servo motor and a pneumatic cylinder operabfy coupled to one or more of the first plate and second plate, wherein the servo motor is configured to precisely vary the width of the resolving aperture, and wherein the pneumatic cylinder is configured to selectively close the resolving aperture.

7; The ion implantation system of claim 6, further comprising a sensing apparatus configured to detect one or more conditions associated with the ion beam.

8. The ion implantation system of claim 7, wherein the one or more conditions are associated with one or more fault conditions, and wherein the controller is configured to selectively close the resolving aperture via a control of the pneumatic cylinder upon the detection of the one or more fault cortditions.

9. The ion implantation system of claim 8, wherein the one or more fault conditions are associated with an undesirable current of the ion beam.

10. The ton implantation system of claim 7, wherein the controller is

configured to selectively individually translate the first plate and second plate via a control of the one or more actuators based on the one or more conditions sensed by the sensing apparatus.

11. The ton implantation system of claim 10, wherein the one or more conditions comprise an ion beam current associated with an undesirable isotope.

12. The ion implantation system of claim ί , further comprising a focusing component positioned downstream of the mass analyzer and upstream of the resolving aperture, wherein the focusing component is configured to converge the ion beam.

13. The Ion implantation system of claim 12, wherein the focusing component is configured to converge the ion beam to a minimum value at a position proximate to the resolving aperture.

14. The ion implantation system of claim 1, wherein the one or more actuators comprise a servo motor and a pneumatic cylinder operably coupled to one or more of the first plate and second plate.

15. The ion implantation system of claim 14, further comprising one or more linear potentiometers, wherein the: one or more linear potentiometers are configured to provide a position of one or more of the first plate and second plate to the controller.

16< The ton implantation system of claim 14, wherein the servo motor and pneumatic cylinder are configured to independently vary the position the first plate and second plate with respect to one another.

17, The ion implantation system of claim 1 , further comprising a downstream position actuator configured to selectively vary a position of the resolving aperture along a path of the ion beam, wherein the controller is further configured to control the position of the resolving aperture along the path of the ion beam based* at least in part, on one or more desired properties of the ion beam.

10. A resolving aperture assembly for an ion implantation system, the resolving aperture assembly comprising:

a first piate;

a second plate; and

one or more actuators operably coupled to one or more of the first plate and second plate, wherein the first plate and second plate generally define a reserving aperture therebetween, wherein a position of the first plate with respect to the second plate generally defines a width of the resolving aperture, and wherein the one or more actuators are configured to selectively van/ the position the first plate and second plate wWi respect to one another, therein selectively varying the width of the resolving aperture.

19. The resolving aperture assembly of claim 18, wherein the one or more actuators comprise one or more linear actuators.

20. The resolving aperture assembly of claim 19, wherein the one or more linear actuators comprise a servo motor and a pneumatic cylinder, wherein the servo motor and pneumatic cylinder are configured to independently vary the position the first plate and second plate with respect to one another.

21. The resolving aperture assembly of claim 20, farther comprising one or more linear potentiometers wherein the one or more linear potentiometers are configured to determihe a position of one or more of the first plate and second plate.

22. The resolving aperture assembly of claim 20, wherein the servo motor is configured to precisely vary the width of the resolving aperture, and wherein the pneumatic cylinder is configured to selectively close the resolving aperture*

23. The resolving aperture assembly of claim 18, further comprising a controller configured to selectively vary the width of the resolving aperture via a control of the one or more actuators.