An arrangement in which ions with a desired range of quotients mass/charge are first
made to describe stable
paths under the effect of a high-frequency electric quadrupole field, and are then
separated and presented to a detector by adjusting the field so as to selectivity
induce path instability according to their respective mass/charge ratios.
PAC, 1991, 63, 1541
(Recommendations for nomenclature and symbolism for mass spectroscopy (including an
appendix of terms used in vacuum technology). (Recommendations 1991))
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