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prolate trochoidal mass spectrometer

A mass spectrometer in which ions of different mass/charge are separated by means of crossed electric and magnetic fields in such a way that the selected ions follow a prolate trochoidal path. The usual term 'cycloidal' used sometimes is incorrect because the path used is not cycloidal. A cycloid is a special case of a trochoid.
PAC, 1991, 63, 1541 (Recommendations for nomenclature and symbolism for mass spectroscopy (including an appendix of terms used in vacuum technology). (Recommendations 1991)) on page 1545
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8.
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