A high-performance modular data system for Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry

Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom. 1996;10(14):1839-44. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1097-0231(199611)10:14<1839::AID-RCM718>3.0.CO;2-V.


The three major components of a Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR) mass spectrometer include the vacuum system (including ion source), the magnet and a data system capable of performing the necessary instrument control for desired experiments. Most previous FTICR systems have used commercial data systems based on custom-built electronics controlled by proprietary mini-computers developed in the early 1980's. Here we present a high-performance data system based on a personal computer running user-friendly Windows software and readily available commercial components contained in a VXI chassis and a minimal complement of simple custom electronics. The system uses a VXI pattern generator to control all aspects of the experiment. The flexibility of the pattern generator allows for performance of all current FTICR experimental sequences.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Cyclotrons*
  • Fourier Analysis
  • Information Systems*
  • Mass Spectrometry / instrumentation*
  • Microcomputers
  • Software