Mass spectrometry and its use in tandem with laser spectroscopy

Science  05 Oct 1990:
Vol. 250, Issue 4977, pp. 61-68
DOI: 10.1126/science.1699276


Mass spectrometry is undergoing rapid development, especially with the extension of its range into the hundreds of kilodaltons, the emergence of the quadrupole ion trap as a high-performance instrument, and the development of techniques for recording three-dimensional spectra. These advances are summarized in this review; in addition, the power of the combination of lasers and mass spectrometers is given particular emphasis. Their combination has contributed recently to chemical dynamics, to the study of cluster structure and reactivity, and to the elucidation of the properties of highly excited molecules and ions.