|Title||High-resolution mass spectrometry with a quadrupole operated in the fourth stability region|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2000|
|Authors||Chen, W, Collings, BA, Douglas, DJ|
|Type of Article||Article|
The properties of a quadrupole mass filter operated in the fourth stability region with Mathieu parameters (a,q) = (2 x 10(-3),21.3) have been investigated experimentally and theoretically. A resolution at half-height (R-1/2) of 13 900 has been obtained for 40 eV K-39(+) ions formed by thermal ionization, With ion energies of 750 eV or more, a resolution at half-height of up to 5000 can be obtained. Extrapolation of resolution data obtained with ions of 40 eV-4800 eV energy shows that unit resolution should be possible for ions with energies of similar to 10 keV, For low-energy ions (e.g., 75 eV), the transmission of the quadrupole operated in the fourth region is many orders of magnitude less than that of a quadrupole operated in the first or second stability regions. Acceptance calculations show this is a result of the combination of a much lower acceptance and strongly defocusing hinging fields. However, for higher ion energies, the transmission with operation in the fourth region is found to be comparable to that of a quadrupole operated at the same resolution in the second region. The implications for inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry are briefly discussed.
|URL||<Go to ISI>://000085168200024|