SIMION simulates how ions travel within an Ion Cyclotron Resonance Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometer (ICR FTMS). The color-coded lines trace the virtual ions' paths as they enter the test cell (blue), become excited (red), and then stabilize at their cyclotron frequencies (green).
Envisioning Ions with SIMION
SIMION for the PC is an electrostatic lens analysis and design program of an ongoing 15 year effort at the INL.
INL’s sixth major SIMION release, version 7.0, is a greatly enhanced native Win32 program that retains version 6.0’s Graphics User Interface (GUI) while providing full access to Windows video, printers, clipboards, and metafiles. This C based program can model complex problems using an ion optics workbench that can hold up to 200 2D and/or 3D electrostatic/magnetic potential arrays. Arrays can have up to 50,000,000 points. SIMION 3D’s 32 bit GUI provides a highly interactive advanced user environment. All potential arrays are visualized as 3D objects that the user can cut away to inspect ion trajectories and potential energy surfaces.
New user programs features extend versatility and power. New geometry file options support the definition of highly complex array geometry. Extensive algorithm modifications have improved this version’s computational speed and accuracy. PC SIMION traces its roots to D. C. McGilvery’s original SIMION program developed at Latrobe University, Bundoora Victoria, Australia, 1977.
Note: SIMION may work with less if your application is relatively small and simple.
|CPU||Minimum:||486 or above|
|Recommended||P6, Pentium I or better|
|RAM||Minimum:||32 MB Windows 95/98 or later
64 MB Windows NT or later
|Recommended||125 MB or more|
|Disk||Minimum:||1 GB - 200 MB free|
|Recommended||5 GB or more - most free|
|Note: SIMION 7.0 will not work properly with the high performance file system (HPFS). Simion 7.0 will only work properly with FAT, protected mode FAT, and New Technology file systems (NTFS).|
|VIDEO||Minimum:||800 x 600 x 256 color with SVGA color monitor|
|Recommended||1600 x 1200 x 64k color with 21 inch high quality color monitor|
|PRINTER||Minimum:||Any printer that supports: Windows 95, 98, or NT or PostScript, HPGL, HPGL2, or PCL5|
|Recommended||A newer printer with RISC speed, color if available.|
Windows 95 or later or Windows NT 4.0 or later.
A demo of Simion 3D 7.0 is available for download (1.1MB).
SIMION has been copyrighted by BECHTEL BWXT IDAHO, LLC. and is being licensed for distribution through others. The following methods are available for obtaining a copy of SIMION 7.0.
For low cost U.S. Academic and U.S. Government copies:
- U.S Academic institutions
- U.S Government agencies (federal, state, and local)
- Qualifying Government contractors having a current government contract that requires the use of a tool like SIMION 3D version 7.0. Note: You may be required to furnish a government contract number and a copy of its work scope for verification.
Low cost copies are provided without user support. Contact the vendor below if a user support is needed.
If you do not fit in the above categories, you must obtain your copy of SIMION from a nonexclusive licensee of Idaho National Laboratory
Federal Agencies and their contractors can alternatively obtain copies of SIMION 7.0 from the Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)
Eligibility - Federal Agencies and Federal Contractors
P.O. Box 1020
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-1020
Tel: (423) 576-2606
Fax: (423) 576-6436
Request program number: 000238IBMPC02
Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office, (208) 526-4299