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Quadrupole Mass Filter

Application ID: 12039


A quadrupole mass filter (QMF) is a key component of a modern mass spectrometer. A QMF uses direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) electric fields to analyze positive or negative ions by mass to charge ratio. A QMF consists of 4 parallel rods spaced equidistantly, the ratio of the rod radius to the radius of the inscribed circle is 1.148. Opposite pairs of rods are electrically connected. Typical rod diameters are between 5 and 12 mm with rod lengths between 100 and 200 mm. The frequency of the AC component of the electric field is typically in the range 1 to 10 MHz. This model requires both the Particle Tracing Module and AC/DC Module.

This model is included as an example in the following products:

AC/DC Module Particle Tracing Module

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