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Bruker Daltonics Inc. | Date: 2015-03-02

An improved trap-TOF mass spectrometer has a set of electrodes arranged to produce both a quadrupolar RF confining field and a substantially homogeneous dipole field. In operation, ions are first confined by the RF field and then, at a selected time, the RF confining field is discontinued and the dipole field is used to accelerate the ions so as to initiate a TOF MS analysis. The apparatus of the present invention may be used alone or in conjunction with other analyzers to produce mass spectra from analyte ions.

An abridged multipole structure for the transport and selection of ions along a central axis in a vacuum system is constructed from a plurality of rectilinear electrode structures, each having a substantially planar face with a first dimension and a second dimension perpendicular to the first dimension. When a voltage is applied across the second dimension, an electrical potential is produced at the planar face whose amplitude is a linear function of position along the second dimension. Two electrode structures can be arranged parallel to each other with the first dimension extending along the central axis or more electrodes structures can be arranged to form multipole structures with various polygonal cross sections. Additional embodiments can act as linear ion traps or Paul ion traps.

Bruker Daltonics Inc. | Date: 2014-06-19

The invention provides methods and devices to pulse ions from an RF ion storage into the flight tube of a time-of-flight mass spectrometer. The pusher cell comprises essentially two parallel plates, both plates completely slotted into two electrically insulated halves. The four half plates can be supplied with RF voltages to form a two-dimensional quadrupole field in the center between the slits, or with DC voltages to form a homogeneous acceleration field to eject ions. The RF quadrupole field is not ideal, but sufficiently good to store ions, to damp the ions by an additional collision gas, and to form a fine thread of ions in the axis of the quadrupole field. The DC acceleration field is extremely homogeneous; slight distortions near the slits can be corrected by external electrodes. The ideal acceleration field results in a high mass resolution and the device does not show any mass discrimination.

Bruker Daltonics Inc. | Date: 2012-01-11

An ion guide that transports ions from an ion source at generally a high-pressure level to a mass analyzer at generally a low-pressure level has a plurality of identical electrodes fabricated with protruding elements that forming an ion tunnel or an ion funnel, when the electrodes are assembled around a common longitudinal axis. The protruding elements allow the generation of the radio frequency field necessary to radially confine ions. Each electrode may be machined from a solid block of conductive material, such as metal. The disclosed arrangement greatly simplifies the manufacturing process, reducing cost, and improving robustness and reliability of the ion guide itself.

Bruker Daltonics Inc. | Date: 2014-08-18

A cross-flow ion mobility spectrometer consists of two parallel plates defining a volume between them. Analyte ions flow along an axis from an entrance end to an exit end through the volume. An RF confining field tends to guide ions along the axis. An analytical gas flow is established orthogonal to the axis. A DC electrostatic analytical field is oriented in opposition to the analytical gas flow such that the drag force on ions of the selected mobility due to the analytical gas flow is balanced by the force on the ions due to the electrostatic analytical field. The selected ions are thereby able to follow a stable path to the exit end of the cross-flow mobility analyzer. However, the force on ions of other than the selected mobility is unbalanced and these ions are deflected and lost.

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