TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies' Industry-First GC/MS System with Solid Inert Ion Source Provides up to 3x Better Sensitivity for Certain Active Compounds.Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers
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Sensitivity and Reliability Ideal for Environmental Testing, Food
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Agilent Technologies This article needs sources or references that appear in reliable, third-party publications. Alone, primary sources and sources affiliated with the subject of this article are not sufficient for an accurate encyclopedia article. Inc. (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange :A) today introduced the first commercial gas chromatograph/mass spectrometry (GC/MS GC/MS Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer
GC/MS Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometry
GC/MS Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrograph ) system to feature a solid inert ion source An ion source is an electro-magnetic device that is used to create charged particles. These are used primarily within mass spectrometers or particle accelerators. Mass spectrometry . Designed to integrate with Agilent's industry-leading gas chromatographs, the Agilent 5973 inert mass selective detector (MSD (MicroSoft Diagnostics) A utility that accompanied Windows 3.1 and DOS 6 that reported on the internal configuration of the PC. A variety of information on disks, video, drivers, IRQs and port addresses was provided. ) is up to three times more sensitive than typical GC/MS systems for the analysis of certain active compounds.
The 5973 inert MSD minimizes the degradation of active compounds, providing better spectral quality and greater reliability. It enables accurate, reliable analyses of previously problematic compounds such as pesticides and drugs in complex matrices. It is suited for any GC/MS analysis, but its sensitivity and reliability make it ideal for environmental testing, food safety, forensic and homeland security applications.
Increased Sensitivity and Reliability
Typical GC/MS systems use ion sources Ion sources
Devices which produce positive or negative electrically charged atoms or molecules.
In general, ion sources fall into three major categories: those designed for positive-ion generation, those for negative-ion generation, and a highly made of stainless steel stainless steel: see steel.
Any of a family of alloy steels usually containing 10–30% chromium. The presence of chromium, together with low carbon content, gives remarkable resistance to corrosion and heat. , which can react with the active compounds in a sample and distort the subsequent mass spectral data. Other systems feature a source with an inert coating, which can wear away over time from routine cleaning and operation. The Agilent 5973 inert MSD is the first GC/MS system to have a solid inert ion source, giving it outstanding sensitivity and reliability over a longer period of time.
The new ion source provides superior sensitivity, enhancing analyte response three times for certain compounds, with the greatest percentage gain at low concentrations where detection is an issue. The resulting improvements in spectra quality increase confidence in library search matches. Maintenance needs are greatly reduced as even the most active compounds have difficulty adhering to the smooth, inert surface of the source. In addition, the new inert source can be operated at higher temperatures -- a benefit for analyses of compounds with high boiling points This article is about the TV series. For other uses, see Boiling Points (disambiguation).
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Improved MSD ChemStation Software
The Agilent 5973 inert MSD includes an upgraded version of the Agilent MSD ChemStation software that allows users to control two Agilent 5973 series MSDs from a single workstation. Other software improvements include simpler navigation and sample list setup, Microsoft(R) Excel-compatible spreadsheets that are easier to use, and compatibility with Microsoft Windows(R) 2000 and XP.
The Agilent 5973 inert MSD is available for order beginning September 1. Current Agilent 5973 series MSD customers can upgrade their older systems by purchasing the 5973 inert source upgrade kit. Agilent is offering a 20 percent discount to qualified 5973 users who upgrade by March 1, 2004.
More information about the Agilent 5973 inert MSD is available at www.agilent.com/chem/gc.
About Agilent Technologies
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