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Ionization source utilizing a jet disturber in combination with an ion funnel and method of operation

United States Patent

June 24, 2003
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A jet disturber used in combination with an ion funnel to focus ions and other charged particles generated at or near atmospheric pressure into a relatively low pressure region, which allows increased conductance of the ions and other charged particles. The jet disturber is positioned within an ion funnel and may be interfaced with a multi-capillary inlet juxtaposed between an ion source and the interior of an instrument maintained at near atmospheric pressure. The invention finds particular advantages when deployed to improve the ion transmission between an electrospray ionization source and the first vacuum stage of a mass spectrometer.
Smith; Richard D. (Richland, WA), Kim; Taeman (Richland, WA), Tang; Keqi (Richland, WA), Udseth; Harold R. (Richland, WA)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
09/ 860,721
May 18, 2001
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC06-76RLO 1830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.