Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 377, Issue 7–8, pp 1133–1139 | Cite as

Cluster calibration in mass spectrometry: laser desorption/ionization studies of atomic clusters and an application in precision mass spectrometry

  • K. BlaumEmail author
  • A. Herlert
  • G. Huber
  • H.-J. Kluge
  • J. Maul
  • L. Schweikhard
Special Issue Paper


For accurate mass measurements and identification of atomic and molecular species precise mass calibration is mandatory. Recent studies with laser desorption/ionization and time-of-flight analysis of cluster ion production by use of fullerene and gold targets demonstrate the generation of atomic clusters for calibration purposes. Atomic ion results from the Penning trap mass spectrometer ISOLTRAP, in which a carbon cluster ion source has recently been installed, are presented as an application in the field of precision mass spectrometry.


Atomic masses Carbon clusters Cluster calibration Fullerenes Gold clusters Laser desorption/ionization MALDI–TOF Mass spectra Mass spectrometry 



The support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Blaum
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • A. Herlert
    • 3
  • G. Huber
    • 3
  • H.-J. Kluge
    • 2
  • J. Maul
    • 3
  • L. Schweikhard
    • 4
  1. 1.Division EP-ISEuropean Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)Genèva 23Switzerland
  2. 2.Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (GSI) DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany
  3. 3.Institut für PhysikJohannes Gutenberg-Universität MainzMainzGermany
  4. 4.Institut für PhysikErnst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität GreifswaldGreifswaldGermany

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