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Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry
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Pulse timing and optical interface between a neodymium: Yttrium aluminum garnet laser and a Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer

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Laser desprption/ionization combined with pulsed (time‐of‐flight or Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance) mass spectrometric detection is a powerful technique for analysis of involatile compounds and mixtures. Such experiments were originally conducted with pulsed CO2 lasers. Although a pulsed CO2 laser can be operated in single‐shot mode, Nd: YAG lasers perform best with multiple flashes for warm‐up before the final Q‐switch output light pulse, thus creating the need to synchronize the desired final laser‐output pulse with the event sequence for mass spectrometric analysis. In this paper, we describe a new and simple interface (both optical and electronic components) between a Continuum (formerly Quantel) Model YG 660A Nd: YAG laser and an Extrel FTMS‐2000 mass spectrometer. The optics are modified from a prior pulsed CO2 laser interface from Extrel. Synchronization betweem th Nd: YAG laser and the mass spectrometer event sequence is achieved by means of a simple timing circuit that uses an inexpensive pulsing device and is triggered by pulses generated directly from the Extrel 1280 data system and cell controller, in contrast to the only prior published method that required an auxiliary microcomputer. The present interface method is highly flexible, and makes possible complex sequence events involving laser pulses for e.g.: desorption/ionization of solids; photoionization of gaseous neutrals; and photodissociation and photodetachment of gaseous ions. Copyright © 1991 John Wiley & Sons Limited

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08 Apr 2005

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Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry

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