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The high-resolution focussing dipole mass spectrometer consists of two suitably spaced hyperbolic rods and a grounded plate electrode in a plane parallel to the rods. A voltage consisting of a constant voltage U and an alternating voltage V cos omega t is applied between the rods. Low energy ions are injected into the field transversely to the rods, through an entrance slit in the plate. Ions of the particular mass are focussed by the field so as to leave the device through an exit slit in the plate. By using the focussing properties of quadrupole fields, both a high resolution and a large mass range is possible while preserving the usual advantages of quadrupole mass spectrometers.
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United States Patent 11 1 1111 3,925,662
Dawson 5] Dec. 9, 1975 HIGH-RESOLUTION FOCUSSING DIPOLE 3,501,630 3/1970 Brubaker 250/292 M SPECTROMETER 3,767,914 5/1971 Mueller et a1. 250/292  Inventor: Peter H. Dawson, Quebec, Canada Przmary Exammer.lames W. Lawrence  Ass1gnee: Canadian Patents & Development Assistant Exami r D C. Nelms I Llmlted, Ottawa, Canada Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Edward Rymek  Filed: Mar. 25, 1974  Appl. No.: 454,729 7] A R "The high-resolution focussing dipole mass spectrome- 30 F i Application priority Data ter consists of two suitably spaced hyperbolic rods and a grounded plate electrode in a plane parallel to the July 20, l973 Canada 176936 rods- A voltage consisting of a constant voltage U and 52 us. 01. 250/290- 250/292- 250/293 an alternating "wage V 9 is P between  Int. Cl? B0 lD 59/44 rods LOW energy ions are Injected mm the  Field of Search 25O/281 282 290 291 versely to the rods, through an entrance sl1t 1n the 6 plate. Ions of the particular mass are focussed by the field so as to leave the device through an exit slit 1n the plate. By using the focussing properties of quadru-  pole fields, both a high resolution and a large mass range is possible while preserving the usual advantages 3,280,326 10/1966 Giinther... 250/292 of quadrupole mass spectrometers. 3,457,404 7/1969 Uthe 250/293 3,479,504 11/1969 Hull 250/290 15 Claims, 12 Drawing Figures U -Vcos m1 AMPLIFIER RECORDER US. Patent Dec. 9;, 1975 Sheet 1 of6 3,925,662
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0 \lllrll NQE HIGH-RESOLUTION FOCUSSING DIPOLE MASS SPECTROMETER This invention relates to a novel mass spectrometer and in particular to a dipole device which uses the focussing properties of quadrupole fields.
The use of quadrupole fields in mass spectrometry has been extensively studied and in particular, the
quadrupole masszfilter has found wide application. The mass filter, as implied by the, name, transmits only ions of a small range of m/e values. Other ions have unstable trajectories so that their amplitudes of transverse oscillation become large and the ions are lost from the device. There is a filtering rather than a focussing action. The principal advantages of the mass filter have been the absence of a magnetic filed, the compactness, rapid electronic scanning and, in some cases, the relativeindependance of instrument performance on initial ion energy. The limitations have been (a) the difficulties of achieving resolving powers greater than 1000 without a great loss of sensitivity due to the rapid increase in oscillation amplitudes as the stability boundary is approached and (b) the high rf voltages required at high masses. The amplitude of the required high frequency voltage between opposite pairs of rods is proportional to the m/e ratio.
where r is half the rod separation, to is the angular frequency of the applied field and q 0.706 at high resolution. The requirements of a high V at high masses could be eased by a lower frequency. However, the mass filter resolving power depends, in part, on the number of cycles an ion spends in the field, n. For an ion of a given mass and a given injection energy, the maximum resolving power attainable is proportional to Therefore the problem of very high voltages for high masses can only be overcome by sacrificing resolution or building longer instruments.
The mass filter merely uses the path stability properties of quadrupole fields as expressed in the Mathieu equation of motion; ions of a m/e higher than those transmitted are unstable in the x direction and ions of a lower m/e are unstable in the y direction. However, the exact focussing properties of quadrupole fields under certain well-defined (a, q) conditions are well known. An attempt was made to utilize these properties with the invention of the monopole by U. 'von Zahn as described in the Review of Scientific Instruments 43 1963) l. The monopole no longer depends on stability properties near the tip of the stability diagram but uses a lower ratio a/q as a scan line. The mass separation depends on the nature of ion trajectories near the y stability boundary. von Zahn considered the possibility of utilizing focussing in both x and y directions simultaneously but subsequent computer simulations have shown that the monopole, as commonly used with ion injection parallel to the instrument axis, only involves a partial focussing in the y direction and none in the x direction. Recently the importance offringing fields in achieving high performance with this mode of operation has been demonstrated. v l
As described by R. E. Lever IBM J. Res. Dev. 10 (1966) 26, it has been shown that a two-directionalfocussing monopole (that is, using both at and y directions), should be possible with ion injection at a small angle to the instrument axis. He suggested that application of this principle should make possible the achievement of very high resolution in a small device. The exact focussing in two directions occurs only for certain specific pairs of. (a,q) values some of which Lever tabulated. Ions are focussed after an exact number of rf cycles within the field. This means that since ions are travelling along the axis of the instrument, they must all have precisely the same velocity in order to be focussed on the exit hole and to produce a high resolution.
Hence, one of the attractive features of the mass filter is sacrificed in return for the promise of high resolution in a short device. However, the circular entrance aperture would have to be small to retain the high resolution, the small area thus limiting instrument sensitivity. In magnetic sector instruments, for example, the very narrow rectangular entrance and exit slits necessary for high resolution still have appreciable aperture area. Recently a resolution better than 300 in a 30 cm long device has been attained in the operation of a monopole in the mode suggested by Lever.
It is therefore an object of this invention to obtain a very high resolution in a compact instrument.
A further object of the invention is to retain the quadrupole mass filters relative independance from initial ion energy to render a velocity selector unnecessary.
Yet another object of this invention is to provide a device which will operate at lower rf frequencies without loss of resolution resulting in lower voltage requirements at high masses.
A further object is to provide a device having a rectangular entrance and exit slit system such that aperture area reamins appreciable with narrow slits.
These and other objects are achieved by a dipole device having two suitably spaced rods and a grounded plane electrode in a plane parallel to the rods. Ions entrance and exit slits are symmetrically located in the grounded plane electrode. A voltage consisting of a d-.c. voltage U and rf voltage V cos wt is applied between the rods. Low energy ions are injected into the field through the entrance slit, transversely to the rods. Ions of aparticular mass will be focussed and will leave the device through the exit slit.
In the drawings:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the dipole spectrometer,
FIG. 2 is a cross-section of the dipole spectrometer;
FIG. 3 is the a,q stability diagram for ion motion in a quadrupole field;
FIGS. 4a, 4b and 4c are examples of ion trajectories for various values of (3,, and 5;.
FIGS. 5a, 5b and 5c illustrate the variation of the focussing properties at the exit slit when q is varied.
FIG. 6 represents the transmission characteristic for ions of a particular mass as the voltage V is scanned when the dc. voltage U is zero,
FIG. 7 illustrates ion trajectories near the exit slit for the scan line passing through the point [3,, 1/10, [-3, 3/10, each set showing five initial phases of the alternating field; and
FIG. 8 illustrates the results of an error in the choice of a q/a ratio.
The basic spectrometer 1 shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 consists of three electrodes, two rods 2 and 3 and a grounded plate 4, which are symmetrically spaced with regard to centerline on plate 4 which is taken as the z axis for rectangular co-ordinates. The x and y axes run from point 5 through the center of rods 2 or 3 (FIG. 2). Rods 2 and 3 may have a circular cross-section however for best operation a hyperbolic face is desired. The electrodes may be made from stainless steel, molybdenum, metallic coated ceramic or any other material commonly used for electrodes in mass spectrometers. The hyperbolic rods are required to be of sufficient length to minimize end effects caused by fringing fields. A practical length would be approximately 3 r, where r, is the minimum distance from the point 5 to the hyperbolic rod. Ion entrance and exit slits 6, and 7 respectively, are symmetrically located in the grounded plate 4 equidistant from centerline 5. Slit width should be kept to a minimum to achieve high resolution i.e. approximately 1/10 mm for high performance, however slit length may be up to 2 cm. for greater sensitivity.
Also shown in FIG. 2 is a typical ion source 8 consisting of a hot filament electron beam source 9, an electron beam trap 10 and an ion focussing electrode 11, mounted on plate 4 so as to provide a low energy ion beam to the device through entrance slit 6. The ions could have an energy of 1-5 eV but are typically in the range of 1-2 eV.
The ion beam should enter the field perpendicular to the grounded plate 4. However, due to the difficulty of forming low energy ions beams, some ions will enter the field at slight angles in the x-y plane, this may be tolerated as it will not effect spectrometer focussing. Other ions may have a slight velocity in the z direction. As the field will not effect this velocity, these ions will be focussed along a line running through the length of the exit slit, and will either leave the device along the length of slit 7 or will hit the grounded plate.
Block 12 represents an ion detector mounted over the exit slit 7. A Faraday cup collector or, for greater sensitivity, an electron multiplier may be used. The detector signal is fed to an ion current amplifier 1 3 which is coupled to a mass spectrum recorder 14-. 15 represents a shield normally used with ion detector. This entire electrode system which ion source and detector is mounted in a vacuum system (not shown) with an auxiliary system to permit entry of the gas to be analysed. Typical vacuums used are in the order of 10' to 10' Torr.
Finally the device is provided with a scanning power supply 16 which provides the rods 2 and 3 with a voltage (11 U V (r). U is a d.c. potential with the negative pole connected to rod 2 and the positive pole connected to rod 3. The voltage midpoint between the two rods is at ground potential. V f(t) is an alternating potential with a zero to peak voltage V. Under typical operation, V f(t) is a sinusoidal voltage and is represented by V cos mt.
In operation ions are injected transversely to the rods from a position x, y, with initial velcoities y and x,,. The z velocity will generally be close to zero. The ions leave the instrument at the position x,,, y with velocities (when focussed) of y,, and x That is, the field is required to produce an inverted image in both x and y directions. If r,, is the minimum distance from the centre of the field to the rods, the equations of motion in the x and y directions are expressed by the Mathieu equation a. U :1 cos 5.)) 2
where g rut/2 and 5,, represents the initial phase of the alternating voltage when the ion enter the field where The properties of the Mathieu equation are described by the stability diagram as shown in FIG. 3. This is made up of superimposed stability diagrams for the x and y directions. For (a,q) values inside the triangular area, the ion trajectories are stable (of limited amplitude) in both x and y directions. The nature of ion motion is defined by the B values. The fundamental frequency of the ion oscillation in a particular coordinate direction is given by 0),, B/2.m and other superimposed frequencies by As pointed out by Lever in the article referred to above, an inverted image is formed after S field cycles when B IIS and S is an integer. An inverted image will also be formed after S cycles when B, P/S and P is an odd integer (l P S).
Therefore ions will be transmitted by the instrument for (a,q) conditions where B HS and B, HS (1 P S and P is odd) subject to the condition that at all times y x 50' that the ion does not prematurely strike the ground electrode 4. lons with a mass related to the a and q of 0.037966 and 0.309820 as defined in equation (3) and (4) will be focussed on the slit, all other ions of different mass will either hit the ground electrode at a point some distance from the slit or will be lost.
One scan line 16 for B,,= H10 and B 3/10 is shown on FIG. 3. Table 1 below taken from the work of Lever, lists some possible a,q operating points. Values for P close to S can be excluded because the rapid oscillation in the x direction causes the ion to strike the grounded plane.
TABLE 1 Values of a (upper) and q (lower) satisfying the condition B,,(a, N5, B,(a, q)= P [S FIGS. 4a, 4b and 4c illustrate the general nature of the trajectories involved and the influence of the choice of the P value. FIG. 4a is a trajectory for B, B,
= 1/10 when the initial phase of the field 5,, equals 2.356 (the optimum for ion transmission). The equations of motion are linear with respect to u (that is, x and y) and therefore ion motion can be arbitrarily scaled. The initial displacements x, and y, are always taken as unity. The initial velocities, in order to be one quarter the rf cycle when a 0. At other parts of.
the cycle the field is unfavorable to ion entry into the device or the ions are quickly repulsed by the field and strike the grounded electrode (x y).
The properties of the dipole mass spectrometer may be further detailed by observing its operation under two sets of conditions, (1) when B, B and (2) when B. B.
The first is a special case which occurs when a that is, when no constant voltage is applied between the rods. For a given applied voltage V cos mt ions of different mass will be spread out along the scan line 18, a 0, (FIG. 3) with the lighter masses farthest from the origin. For any ion with B, B, 1/S, where S is an integer, there will be exact focussing on the exit slit after a trajectory of the type shown in FIG. 4a. FIG. 5a shows this focussing in detail for the case S 10, q 0.140869 for assumed initial velocities of i The initial phases 5,, 0.611, 0.71r, 0.811 and 0.91rare shown. The ions are focussed at the same point x =-l y -1, for all these phases are exactly 10 cycles after the ions entered the field. This focussing is independent of the initial velocities, although the ions exit with velocities x, and y,,. If slightly different q values are examined, the results are as illustrated in FIGS. 5b and 5c. The ions are no longer focussed on the point (I, -1) and cross the plane x y at different points, at different times and with differing velocities, even for this small change in q. The change in q corresponds, of course, to a change in the voltage amplitude V for an ion of a given mass m or to an ion of a slightly different mass at that same fixed voltage amplitude V. It is evident that a spectrometer operating with the scan line a 0, cannot be used for mass analysis in a simple way. As a spectrum" is scanned by varying q an ion of a given mass will be transmitted each time B, B, US. At low q values (or high S), B is very approximately proportional to q, so that the transmitted signal as q is varied would be a series of peaks spaced according to US for a given ion. Trajectories similar to those of FIG. 5 but for B= l/20 0.070644) show that there is a similar displacement from the exit position for a given percentage variation in q when B is smaller. In fact, about the same absolute variation in q is required to give the same displacement of the mean exit position. This suggests an overall transmission characteristic for a given ion would be as illustrated in FIG. 6, each transmission peak being roughly of equal width. The diminished intensity at high S suggests qualitatively the loss of sensitivity at low voltages due to the too large amplitudes of the ion oscillations.
The special case of [3,, B, 1/S would be useful in conjunction with very narrow slits to give high resolution but computer processing would be necessary to transform the complex spectra into a simple form in a similar way to the use of Fourier transform methods in optical spectroscopy. The characteristic multiple peak transmission characteristic gives an advantage in sensitivity at the expense of computer processing the spectra.
When B,, B a simpler, more directly useful situation exists. For example, under operating conditions such that B,,= H10 and [3,, 3/10 which corresponds to a scan line passing through the point a 0.037951 q 0.309700. It is to be noted that there are some very slight differences in the values found here for exact focussing by examination of ion trajectories and the values calculated by Lever as given in Table 1. Only when the a,q value is at or near this value is the ion transmitted. That is, the transmission characteristic is now a single peak as in a normal mass spectrometer.
As previously stated, transmission can only occur during about 25% of the rf cycle, when the field is favorable for ion entry. The resolving power for an instrument of a given size (given initial x and y displacements) can be estimated by examining ion trajectories at different points along the scan line. FIG. 7 shows some examples for B, 1/ 10, B 3/10 for five initial phases of the alternating field. (5,, 2.042 t0 2.670). At q 0.309700, the focussing is not quite at the desired spot but all the phases are similar, the arrival time is about 10.04 periods after injection and the arrival velocities in the x and y directions are close to the initially assumed values of 0.05. The 0.1% change q, produced, for example, by a 0.1% change in the ion mass, gives a separation of about 1% in x and y positions when the initial displacements are unity as illustrated by the groups of trajectories (b) and (d). The trajectories are no longer focussed. For (b), the arrival time at the plane x y, is roughly 10.12 periods and the arrival velocities are phase dependent, but of the order of 0.1. For (d) the arrival time is about 9.92 periods after injection and the arrival velocities are roughly 0.12. Clearly, the device gives an excellent mass resolution in relation to the initial displacements. However, the overall size of the device depends largely on the maximum y amplitude of the trajectories as can be seen in FIGS. 4b and 4c. Table 11 compares the percentage separation of the mean exit position from the unity for several different choices of B, and B, for a 0.1% variation in q in each case. The maximum y deflection is also given. The assumed initial x and y velocities were .10.05 in each case.
The performance is seen to improve as both S and P become larger. However, it is to be noted that for 3,, 1/12, B 7/12, the x oscillation is such that the ions strike the ground electrode (x y) after only 1.9 periods. Even higher performance could be achieved by choosing higher S values, with only small increases in the device size. The higher S values would also be associated with somewhat lower voltages for a given mass.
The focussing in this device does not depend on the initial x and y velocities, although transmission may be reduced if fr However, the maximum amplitudes will depend on the initial velocities as illustrated in Table 111.
TABLE 3 Dependance of maximum y amplitude on the initial x and y velocities (expressed in terms of f) the case B, l/lOfi, 5/10.
The initial displacements were unity in each case.
INITIAL MAXIMUM VELOCITIES AMPLITUDE (see text) Initial x and y velocities up to about 0.1 are possible in these circumstances without a substantial increase in device size.
To obtain the exact focussing, the q/a ratio must be precisely controlled to the desired value. FIG. 8 illustrates the results of an error in the choice of scan line, i.e. a 0.1% shift in the q/a ratio to 4.62611 from 4.63124 the latter being the correct value for B, 1/10, 3 5/10. The position of best focussing at the exit aperture is illustrated. The resolving power is obviously degraded. The mean arrival time of the ions is about 10.14 periods and the arrival velocities are about 0.2 compared with the initial velocities of 0.05.
As described above, the q/a ratio must be precisely controlled to enable focussing of the spectrometer. In order to scan masses, either of two parameters in equation (3) and (4) may be scanned, the amplitudes of the voltages U and V, or the frequency of the voltage V. It is preferred to scan the amplitudes of U and V maintaining the q/a ratio constant which means that the ratio V/2U must remain constant for a chosen q/a scan. A zero to peak voltage V of up to 6000 v. may be necessary for ions in the order of 5,000 mass units. However in addition, the instrument may be provided with a number of mass ranges by varying the frequency of V in the steps from approximately lMhz to approximately khz for ions with large masses, i.e. in the order of 5000 mass units.
Finally, r may vary from one instrument to another depending on the desired mass range. It has been determined that the lower limit for r will be governed by the minimum practical distance between the entrance and exit slits 6 and 7 required for mounting the ion source 8 and detector 12. (see FIG. 2). The upper limit for r will in turn be governed by power limitations on the voltage compoment V cos wt. However a range for r, from 5 to cm. appears to be well within these practical limitations. In addition, it has been determined that for normal operation, r should be approximately four times the distance between the slits I claim:
l. A mass analyser for focussing ions of a particular mas's-to-charge ratio in an ion beam comprising:
a plane electrode;
parallel entrance and exit slits located in the plane electrode;
first and second elongated electrodes positioned in parallel to one side of the plane electrode such that the electrodes are symmetrically located with respect to a plane normal to the plane electrode and containing a centerline located between the slits; voltage source having a dc. component and an rf component connected across the first and second electrodes to provide an electrostatic field for focussing ions in a beam entering the field through the entrance slit such that ions of a particular massto-charge ratio will exit the field through the exit slit.
2. A mass analyser as claimed in claim 1 wherein the plane electrode is at ground potential.
3. A mass analyser as claimed in claim 2 wherein a segment of each of the first and second electrodes facing the centerline are hyperbolically shaped, each segment being symmetrical about a plane containing the centerline and the electrode axis.
4. A mass analyser as claimed in claim 2 wherein the entrance and exit slits are rectangular.
5. A mass analyser as claimed in claim 2 wherein the negative pole of the dc. component is connected to the elongated electrode nearest to the entrance slit and the positive pole of the dc. component is connected to the elongated electrode nearest to the exit slit.
6. A mass analyser as claimed in claim 2 which further includes ion source means mounted on the other side of the plane electrode to direct a beam of ions through the entrance slit transverse to the first and second electrodes.
7. A mass analyser as claimed in claim 6 which fur ther includes detector means adjacent to the exit slit.
8. A mass analyser as claimed in detector means comprises:
an electron multiplier mounted to face the exit slit;
amplifier means coupled to the multiplier output; and
recording means coupled to the amplifier output.
9. A mass analyser for focussing ions of a particular mass-to-charge ratio in an ion beam comprising:
a plane' grounded electrode;
parallel entrance and exit slits located in the plane electrode;
first and second elongated electrodes positioned in parallel to one side of the plane electrode and symmetrical to each other with respect to a plane normal to the plane electrode and containing a centerline located between the slits, each of said electrodes having a hyperbolically shaped face, each face being symmetrical about a plane containing the centerline and the electrode axis; voltage source having a dc. component and an rf component connected across the first and second electrode to provide an electrostatic field for focussing ions in a beam entering the field through the entrance slit such that ions of particular mass-tocharge ratio will exit the field through the exit slit.
10. A mass analyser as claimed in claim 9 wherein the negative pole of the dc. component is connected to the elongated electrode nearest the entrance slit and the positive pole of the dc. component is connected to the elongated electrode nearest to the exit slit.
claim 7 wherein the 11. A mass analyser as claimed in claim 9 wherein the voltage source further includes means to vary the voltage source to provide a mass scan of the ion beam.
12. A mass analyser as claimed in claim 10 wherein the source varying means scans the amplitude of the d.c. component U and the zero-to-peak amptitude of the r.f. component V in the ratio 2 UN.
13. A mass analyser as claimed in claimed 11 wherein the source varying means varies the frequency of the r.f. component. j
a 14. A mass analyser for focussing ions of a particular mass-to-charge ratio in an ion beam comprising:
a plane electrode;
parallel entrance and exit slits located in the plane electrode;
first and second elongated electrodes positioned in parallel to one side of the plane electrode such that the electrodes are symmetrically located with respect to a plane normal to the plane electrode and containing a centerline located between the slits; and
a rf voltage source connected across the first and second electrodes to provide an electrostatic field for focussing ions in a beam entering the field through the entrance slit such that ions of a particular massto-charge ratio will exit the field through the exit slit.
15. A mass analyser for focussing ions of a particular mass-to-charge ratio in an ion beam comprising:
a plane electrode;
parallel entrance and exit slits located in the plane electrode;
first and second elongated electrodes positioned in parallel to one side of the plane electrode such that the electrodes are symmetrically located with respect to a plane normal to the plane electrode and containing a centerlin'e located between the slits; and voltage source having a d.c. component and rf component connected across the first and second electrodes to provide an electrostatic field having the parameters [8,, l/S and B, P/S where l s P S and P is odd for focussing ions in a beam entering the field through the entrance slit such that ions of a particular mass-to-charge ratio will exit the field through the exit slit, with [3, Zul /w and [3,, =2w /w where w angular frequency of the applied voltage; (o fundamental frequency of ion motion in the x direction; m fundamental frequency of ion motion in the y direction; S an integral number of field cycles, and
P an odd integer.