Ion cyclotron resonance, mass spectrometry, ion motion, loss of resolution
ExB ion traps, such as Fourier transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance mass spectrometers (FY:ICR), mass analyze sample ions based on differences in their cyclotron frequencies in a homogeneous magnetic field. The high resolution mass measurements of FT-ICR are based on the relationship between the frequency of the cyclotron orbit and the mass-to-charge (m/q) ratio of an ion. Both the orbit and the frequency/mass relationship result from the radial forces on the ion. Ions trapped by inhomogeneous electric fields experience different magnitudes of the radial electric fields at different positions resulting in a positionally dependent frequency. Such differences in orbital frequencies for ions of a single m/q ratio result in line broadening and loss of resolution.
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Capron, Mark A.; Haskin, Susan S.; and Hanson, Curtiss D.
"Mass Dependent Loss of Resolution in Radially Inhomogeneous ExB Ion Traps,"
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science: JIAS, 99(1), 1-6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/jias/vol99/iss1/3