Ion trap mass spectrometry: A personal perspective

  • George StaffordEmail author
Focus: Quadrupole Ion Traps Account and Perspective


This paper is a personal perspective of the commercial development of the three-dimensional quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer. Early ion trap invention and development which dates back to 1953, is described. The development of the ion trap is traced through three ages with the last age being where commercial development takes place. Key technical breakthroughs in ion trap technology and commercialization are presented and described up to the present time.


Ring Electrode Quadrupole Mass Filter Quadrupole Field Radio Frequency Voltage Chemical Mass Shift 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LC and LC/MS DivisionSan JoseUSA

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