Thermal, laser, and fast atom desorption

Robert J. Cotter, Richard van Breemen, James Yergey, David Heller

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The desorption methods show similarities in their spectra and suggest common mechanisms. However, thermal desorption spectra indicate that preformed ions and cationized species can be generated by purely thermal means, while differences in fast atom bombardment and field desorption spectra indicate the importance of external or localized fields in the kinds of ions extracted from the condensed phase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-398
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Mass Spectrometry and Ion Physics
Issue numberC
StatePublished - Jan 1983


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