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Detecting single molecules launched for liquid surfaces in a time-of-flight mass spectrometer using ultraviolet and infrared lasers

The launch of molecules from liquid surfaces in a time of flight mass spectrometer has been investigated using different sample preparation techniques, and by exposing the liquid samples to two different laser wavelengths, 337 nm from a N2 ultraviolet laser and 10.6 μm from a CO2 infrared laser. The molecules were detected with cryodetectors measuring the energy of the individual molecules. We present insulin and lysozyme results from samples introduced into the vacuum through a micromachined silicon injector, and from samples consisting of a glycerol droplet deposited directly on the sample holder at the high voltage stage of the ion optics.


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