Improving the Performance of a Cycloidal Coded-Aperture Miniature Mass Spectrometer

Raul Vyas, Tanouir Aloui, Kathleen Horvath, Philip J. Herr, Matthew P. Kirley, Charles B. Parker, Adam D. Keil, James B. Carlson, Justin Keogh, Roger P. Sperline, M. Bonner Denton, M. Luisa Sartorelli, Brian R. Stoner, Michael E. Gehm, Jeffrey T. Glass, Jason J. Amsden

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Cycloidal sector mass analyzers have, in principle, perfect focusing due to perpendicularly oriented uniform electric and magnetic fields, making them ideal candidates for incorporation of spatially coded apertures. We have previously demonstrated a proof-of-concept cycloidal-coded aperture miniature mass spectrometer (C-CAMMS) instrument and achieved a greater than 10-fold increase in throughput without sacrificing resolution, compared with a single slit instrument. However, artifacts were observed in the reconstructed mass spectrum due to nonuniformity in the electric field and misalignment of the detector and the ion source with the mass analyzer focal plane. In this work, we modified the mass analyzer design of the previous C-CAMMS instrument to improve electric field uniformity, improve the alignment of the ion source and the mass analyzer with the detector, and increase the depth-of-focus to further facilitate alignment. A comparison of reconstructed spectra of a mixture of dry air and toluene at different electric fields was performed using the improved C-CAMMS prototype. A reduction in reconstruction artifacts compared to our proof-of-concept C-CAMMS instrument highlights the improved performance enabled by the design changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-518
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 3 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Spectroscopy


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