The performance of an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, ICP-MS, depends on the instrument's ability to transport sample ions through the vacuum interface and focus the ions into a well-defined beam that will eventually reach the mass analyzer. In this study two main experiments were performed on the Perkin Elmer NexION 300S, a commercial ICP-MS. First, planar laser-induced fluorescence images were taken of the ion beam in a working instrument downstream from a unique quadrupole ion deflector. The images showed the ability of the instrument design to focus the ions in the ion beam. Second, laser-induced fluorescence was used to characterize ion flow through the vacuum interface. The interface is unique to the NexION ICP-MS in that there are three extraction cones. The effect of a three-cone interface on ideal skimming is discussed.
College and Department
Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Chemistry and Biochemistry
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Larsen, Jessica Joline, "Ion Transport in a Commercial ICP-MS" (2017). All Theses and Dissertations. 6905.
ICP-MS, ion transport efficiency, laser-induced fluorescence