Technician loading a sample in a mass spectrometer

Technician loading a sample in a mass spectrometer

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Caption: Mass Spectrometry. Female technician loading a sample into a mass spectrometer to analyse its chemical composition. A mass spectrometer works by deflecting a beam of charged atoms (ions) in a vacuum by passing it through an electric or magnetic field. Each element has a different charge to mass ratio and so will be deflected by a different amount. This "spectrum" of ions can be detected electrically and analysed. The technique can be used to detect very low concentrations of chemicals.

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