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Arts and Sciences



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Bert C. Lynn


Quadrupole ion trap(QIT) mass spectrometry has become one of the most widelyused tools in the analysis of the structure of small molecules. The motion of the ionsstored in the quadrupole ion trap is extremely important. This ion motion within thequadrupole ion trap is controlled by several factors including the m/z ratio and thecollisional cross section of the ion. Investigation of ion motion within the QIT has thepotential to elucidate a new way to separate ions based on these factors. DC tomographyexperiments allow for the trajectory of the ion motion to be measured withoutmodifications to the ion trap. The ability to use DC tomography for separation ofisomeric ions on a commercial GC/MS system was investigated.Investigation of the mass range within the ion trap is necessary for the analysis ofa wide range of molecules. The ability of the quadrupole ion trap to perform MS/MSanalyses can provide insight into the structural information of many compounds.However, there exists a low mass cut-off (LMC) within the quadrupole ion trap and thusinformation about the low m/z fragments from a parent ion is lost. Schwartz and coworkerspresented a new technique labeled pulsed q dissociation (PQD) at the 53rdAnnual ASMS Conference in San Antonio TX in 2005. PQD eliminates the LMC byperforming CID at a qz of 0.4 but, then immediately lowering the q level before the massscan in a linear ion trap. By operating the quadrupole ion trap in this same manner, lowm/z product ions can be detected. This technique and elucidation of the energetic processcontained within PQD were explored further using a modified commercial quadrupoleion trap and the results discussed in this work.