In the second mass spectrometer news of the week, life science product company Agilent Technologies has introduced an ion trap mass spectrometer that is approximately 10 times more sensitive than its predecessor, the company claims.
According to Agilent Technologies the increased sensitivity, resolution and scan speed of the Agilent 1100 Series LC/MSD Trap XCT promise improved performance for many applications such as the identification and characterisation of biologically significant, low-abundance proteins for disease research.
"We're extremely pleased to be able to offer this advanced ion trap technology to our customers," said Ken Imatani, product marketing manager for Agilent's ion trap mass spectrometers. "Mass spectrometrists who work with extremely small sample amounts or highly charged ions should especially benefit."
The company adds that changes to trap materials and geometry and new scanning algorithms for Agilent's non-linear ion trap have improved trap capacity by four to eight times. This increase in trap capacity translates directly into increased sensitivity. The improved ion trap and new scanning algorithms should also improve mass resolution and scan speed.