Abstract: A mass spectrometry method in which notch-filtered noise is applied to an ion trap to resonate all ions except selected parent ions out of the region of the trapping field. Preferably, the trapping field is a quadrupole trapping field defined by a ring electrode and a pair of end electrodes positioned symmetrically along a z-axis, and the filtered noise is applied to the ring electrode(rather than to the end electrodes) to eject unwanted ions in radial directions (toward the ring electrode) rather than toward a detector mounted along the z-axis. Application of the filtered noise to the trap in this manner can significantly increase the operating lifetime of such an ion detector. Also preferably, the trapping field has a DC component selected so that the trapping field has both a high frequency and low frequency cutoff, and is incapable of trapping ions with resonant frequency below the low frequency cutoff or above the high frequency cutoff.
August 30, 1994
Date of Patent:
November 14, 1995
Teledyne ET a div. of Teledyne Industries