- Conference date: 6–10 October 2008
- Location: Nagoya (Japan)
A novel instrumental setup for measuring infrared photodissociation spectra of buffer gas cooled, mass‐selected ions is described and tested. It combines a cryogenically cooled, linear radio frequency ion trap with a tandem mass spectrometer, optimally coupling continuous ion sources to pulsed laser experiments. The use of six independently adjustable DC potentials superimposed over the trapping radio frequency field provides control over the ion distribution within, as well as the kinetic energy distribution of the ions extracted from the ion trap. The scheme allows focusing the ions in space and time, such that they can be optimally irradiated by a pulsed, widely tunable infrared photodissociation laser. Ion intensities are monitored with a time‐of‐flight mass spectrometer mounted orthogonally to the ion trap axis.
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