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J Am Soc Mass Spectrom. 2006 Jan;17(1):81-4. Epub 2005 Dec 15.

High amplitude short time excitation: a method to form and detect low mass product ions in a quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599, USA.


Collision induced dissociation (CID) in a quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer using the conventional 30 ms activation time is compared with high amplitude short time excitation (HASTE) CID using 2 ms and 1 ms activation times. As a result of the shorter activation times, dissociation of the parent ions using the HASTE CID technique requires resonance excitation voltages greater than conventional CID. After activation, the rf trapping voltage is lowered to allow product ions below the low mass cut-off to be trapped. The HASTE CID spectra are notably different from those obtained using conventional CID and can include product ions below the low mass cut-off for the parent ions of interest. The MS/MS efficiencies of HASTE CID are not significantly different when compared with the conventional 30 ms CID. Similar results were obtained with a two-dimensional (linear) ion trap and a three-dimensional ion trap.

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