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Mass Spectrometry: Fundamentals

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Learn about the fundamental stages of mass spectrometry, explore the parts of a TOF mass spectrometer, and understand how the detection of particles leads to a spectrum.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the key components of a mass spectrometer and describe their functions   
  • Understand the fundamental principles of the inner workings of a mass spectrometer
  • Describe how a TOF mass spectrometer separates particles by mass-to-charge ratio
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Concepts Principles and Theories

  • What are the main stages of mass spectrometry analysis 
  • What is meant by the mass-to-charge ratio
  • How particles are separated according to their mass-to-charge ratio
  • Why it is vital the mass spectrometer is kept under high vacuum conditions
  • How the mass of an ion affects its velocity through the drift zone

Interpreting and Analysing Data

  • How to interpret the relative abundance of particles from a mass spectrum

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