Electrostatic Axially Harmonic Orbital Trapping: A High-Performance Technique of Mass Analysis

Anal Chem. 2000 Mar 15;72(6):1156-62. doi: 10.1021/ac991131p.


This work describes a new type of mass analyzer which employs trapping in an electrostatic field. The potential distribution of the field can be represented as a combination of quadrupole and logarithmic potentials. In the absence of any magnetic or rf fields, ion stability is achieved only due to ions orbiting around an axial electrode. Orbiting ions also perform harmonic oscillations along the electrode with frequency proportional to (m/z)-1/2. These oscillations are detected using image current detection and are transformed into mass spectra using fast FT, similarly to FTICR. Practical aspects of the trap design are presented. High-mass resolution up to 150,000 for ions produced by laser ablation has been demonstrated, along with high-energy acceptance and wide mass range.